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I'm not sure...

David Weaver
..of the reason for the wax, but read somewhere that floors used to be done with shellac, and when they were, they needed to be waxed periodically. One of the things that sold people on polyurethane for floors was the fact that they don't need any follow-up maintenance (aside from repairs due to wear, etc).

I never really read why it was that wax was recommended, but I've always used wax when applying dewaxed shellac only, if for no other reason, it kind of short cuts the process and allows you to remove some irregularities while you're applying it (as in, it's a nice lubricant for something like 4 ought steel wool).

i'd be interested in knowing what the purpose of wax was in each case - is it a moisture barrier?

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