How to revive a worn finish
Fix 1: Start with a good cleaning
For light wear and a dingy surface, begin by stripping off old wax, oil, and grime. Wipe the surface using a towel and waterless hand cleaner, such as Gojo or Permatex DL. Dry the surface immediately after cleaning, shown in photo right. Then remove old wax and oil by wiping the surface with mineral spirits.
Now apply a coat of paste wax, such as SC Johnson Paste Wax, to fill in tiny scratches and leave an even sheen. Allow the wax to dry to a haze before buffing it by hand, with an inexpensive car buffer, or with a random-orbit sander and a buffing pad shown in photo below right. To avoid damaging the wax finish, don't use spray polishes or "lemon oil" (scented mineral oil and mineral spirits) that will dissolve wax.
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