How to remove hard wax oil finish without sanding?
I need to know how to remove hard wax oil without extensive sanding. I have an antique pine dining table (the wood is antique, the table is 7 years old) that was originally finished with stain and poly. After a few years of use, the poly started to get sticky and peel and rub off. So we decided it was time to refinish the table but we definitely didn’t want to use poly again. So we stripped it and applied one coat of Fiddes hard wax oil in dark oak. The color is not at all what we wanted. It’s very very dark and reddish, more like a mahogany. And the sheen is weird. Shiny in places, very matte in others and slightly cloudy. The manufacturer recommends we add two more coats of untinted HWO, but I just don’t think I can live with that color. The table has a lot of texture, knots, band saw marks, etc… that we love and don’t want to lose by sanding it. Is there anything at all we can do to remove the hard wax oil without sanding?