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  1. No oil should, but if a polymerized layer is still there, it shouldn't need a touch up, and you can just wipe off the excess from that spot. But wait, the wax might need a touch up so... After wiping off the excess oil/wax mixture the wax magically remains? ... Can you tell I'm just a weekend woodworker? I'm definitely making this way too complicated. Anyhoo for me personally the most important point was cleared up: oil does not sit on top of wax. I've edited the opening post to show one of my assumptions was false.
  2. Nope still reading with interest though it has morphed into a polyx thread somewhat Like a previous poster I had also looked up the TDS of Osmo Polyx and was quite surprised also that such a popular product basically consists of kitchen variety vegable oils, some wax and a little solvent. I never mentioned explicitly but I was particularly interested in mixing wax with a hardening oil (BLO or in my case, tung). Going forward I'll be assuming as follows: - wax doesn't actually bond together; - hardening oils polymerize (bond together) when reacting with oxygen and actually form a protective layer; - oils will penetrate wax and into wood if theres sufficient capacity in the wood. Oil sitting on top of wax/oil finish is because of wood being saturated, not because of wax blocking the oil; Hence, oil+wax mixtures are viable for finishing as well as touching up. Thanks for the answers!
  3. Thx for answers so far. I could trial and error my way through this but would much rather learn from others and speed things up. Re. oil acting as a softener for the wax: that's the only thing that would make sense. Maybe adding a little turpentine would further facilitate this?
  4. Can I use an oil and wax mixture for maintenance of pieces that I have previously finished with an oil and wax mix? Seems to me there is contradicting information on this. I'm aware of the following info: 1. We can mix wax with (boiled) linseed oil to create a 2-in-1 finish. Oil penetrates the wood, wax leaves a subtle shine and soft protective layer. 2. We can not apply oil over wax. Oil needs to penetrate the wood. In the presence of wax it will just sit on the wax and not be useful for wood. We can apply the oil, but when we wipe of the excess, you're basically wiping off everything you applied in the first place.... This sounds logical to me and seems like an exercise in futility, no? Thanks for sharing your insights! Edit April 5 2019: assumption 2 is false. Wax doesn't form a polymerized/bonded layer. Oil wil penetrate the wax.