Wax on top of varnish

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Wax on top of varnish

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Do any of you wax your rods after you have finished them? If so, what kind of wax do you use? Do you wax the reel seat too?

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Howdy
Yes to both your questions.
Folks around the forum like either Butcher's Wax and Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax Polish.
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+ 1 for Butchers' Wax. It's a little hard to find today, except on the internet, but a 1 pound can is 2 lifetimes supply for a rod builder/user. I use it on all my Orvis rods once a year plus on other rods depending on use. Plus I use it on reels and reel seats as needed. Good stuff.

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Auto parts store, any paste wax containing carnuba wax, ie Turtle Wax brand. Shouldn't be too hard to find.

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fisherman911 wrote:
11/22/20 13:00
+ 1 for Butchers' Wax. It's a little hard to find today, except on the internet, but a 1 pound can is 2 lifetimes supply for a rod builder/user. I use it on all my Orvis rods once a year plus on other rods depending on use. Plus I use it on reels and reel seats as needed. Good stuff.

Just curious -- why wax an Orvis rod? I don't mean my question as a criticism -- I wax varnished rods and would like to know if there is an advantage to waxing impregnated rods.

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I wax my Orvis impregnated rods because the wax removes the bits and pieces of dirt that they pickup and just makes them glow, especially the real dark ones from the 40's and 50's. So I would not call this an advantage but it sure makes them look good.

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