General Finishes Hard Wax Oil 1/2 Pint

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This is General Finishes' easiest finish ever and the best oil and wax finish on the market. Hard Wax Oil is a high-quality urethane-solids polymer in a blend of oil & wax that enhances the natural look of wood. The urethane gives Hard Wax Oil improved chemical and mechanical properties over standard oil & wax finishes. Best used with optional GF Hardener to substantially shorten dry time and provide superior durability, and chemical and water resistance.  The recommended use is for interior raw wood furniture, millwork & woodworking projects. What results can you expect? It will not crack or peel, can be buffed to a slightly higher sheen, and is very EASY to use. This is a maintenance product. Reapply when wear becomes evident. 

Step 1: Preparation for Hard Wax Oil

  1. Sand with 120-grit sandpaper, followed by final 220-grit.
  2. Remove dust.
  3. Wipe surface down with mineral spirits on a clean cloth to remove dust from pores.
  4. Allow mineral spirits to dry before applying the GF Hard Wax Oil.

Step 2: Application of Hard Wax Oil

  1. With optional Hard Wax Oil Hardener, mix GF Hardener 10% by volume with GF Hard Wax Oil. For example, 1/4 tsp. of Hardener per ounce of Hard Wax Oil or 1/2 tsp. of Harnder per 2 fluid ounces of Hard Wax Oil. The finish can only be mixed once; mixed product will harden after 4-6 hours.  The combination of Hard Wax Oil & Hardener provides the best overall durability, and chemical and water resistance. Do NOT use General Finishes NCO catalyst.
  2. Apply a thin coat with a trowel or non-woven synthetic pad. Spread evenly with a white non-woven pad or plastic spreader, one manageable section at a time. On large surfaces, use a white non-woven pad with a variable speed buffer or sander.
  3. Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Wipe off excess evenly with the grain & with light pressure using a clean terry cloth. Follow with a clean white non-woven pad until the surface is dry and smooth.
  5. If a second coat is needed, wait 24 hours. Prep the surface with a gray non-woven pad before applying.

Ideal conditions: 70°F/21°C; 50% humidity. Cooler temperatures, and higher humidity may prolong dry time. Use of the Hardener will shorten dry times.

Buffing Hard Wax Oil

After the surface has dried for 24 hours, you can buff to a slightly higher sheen with a white non-woven pad or terry cloth. 

Cleanup & Disposal of Hard Wax Oil


Clean up application materials and hands with mineral spirits.


Take GREAT CARE when disposing of product-soaked applicators. Application materials containing Hard Wax Oil products may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded. Immediately place all application materials soaked with this product in a sealed, water-filled metal container. Dispose of in accordance with local fire regulations. 


Clean up spills with mineral spirits immediately while wet. If oil and wax finishes dry, they are difficult to clean off any surface, clothes or carpet. Carpet may discolor if cleaned with mineral spirits.


Protect your workspace with a tarp, your hands with gloves, and your clothes with an apron.



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