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Speaker Wood Conditioner recommendation

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I own a lot of antique hardwood furniture and through a lot of trial and error I found a product that works really well to keep the wood healthy and good looking. The best selling product on the market is probably Pledge furniture spray. DO NOT USE THIS. I've found it to be a rather poor product that "shines up" furniture temporarily but nothing more. The best product I have found is "Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner." Not only does this give a nice shine, it will moisturize the wood and keep it from cracking and drying out.

I noticed that the wood paneling on my Magnepan 20.1's were not looking as healthy as they used to. We have very dry winters and this can dry out wood rather quickly. Since I had such good results on my wood furniture I tried it out on my speakers and was really impressed. I have included some pictures although they really don't do it justice. Remember that this is for wood surfaces, so if you have a solid veneer or lacquer on wood, you don't want to use it.

If memory serves I think they recommend leaving it on for an hour and then wiping any excess off. I've used it on multiple pieces of furniture and I recommend leaving it on for 24 hours, then wiping it off. I apply it with a cloth and wipe it off the next day with a kitchen paper towel which absorbs any excess product.

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Wear gloves, it's kind of messy and greasy.

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I used a laminated paper card to wedge in the border to keep any of the product from getting on the cloth during application.

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A nice healthy shine.

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Before Application

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After Application. It's kind of hard to see on the pictures but in real life the difference is rather impressive.
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Re: Speaker Wood Conditioner recommendation

Post by adeep42 » Tue May 30, 2017 1:41 pm

Wow!!! What a difference. Your Maggies look like new.

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Post by admin » Tue May 30, 2017 10:45 pm

It definitely took a few years off. I use this stuff on some of my old furniture (100 year old mahogany) and it really does a nice job with moisturizing the wood. Our winters are dry and summers humid, so wood really takes a beating in our climate.
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Post by Big Dog RJ » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:51 am

Hey Admin,

I had a very similar wood polish that I first used when I was in the states. Those were the days of Maggies and ML sequels which had wooden trims. At the time they recommended Linseed oil high furniture grade polish, which I sourced from Walmart and later on from a hardware shop. When I finished up and headed back home to Colombo, due to our tropics, the maggies and Infinities were always looking dull... The linseed oil came into good use once again and this is pretty much the same oil they use on top-line cricket bats, such as Kookaburra & Hammer Kyro. They all use this type of linseed oil which is the genuine oil from the flax seed itself, hence no artificial add-ons whatsoever.

I still have a bottle left here in Aussie now, and I use them on the Ethos and they look fabulous! Obviously different countries would have different variants of the oil/polish. As long as it's linseed, the top furniture grade specialists highly recommend it. Buffing only takes 10 mins after application but must be fully dry the following day. The smoothness and texture is also superb, and you can feel the difference.

By the way, those MG20's are always looking magnificent as always! It's good therapy when you take time to polish the speakers, buff up and care for them. I think it's better than gardening...
Cheers mate, RJ

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Re: Speaker Wood Conditioner recommendation

Post by admin » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:58 pm

Hi RJ,

I've heard many people use linseed oil on their furniture. I've tried to use pure oils on furniture in the past but have found the application not always consistent. I think I put too much on some places and it can show as a "shiny spot." This probably is more my lack of application skills vs a product defect, but who knows, maybe I was just using the wrong product. The most common furniture product here in the US is probably Pledge spray, but I hate that stuff and don't know why so many people buy it. I really like the Howard product as it applies nice and evenly. I think the small amount of wax they put in the product also seals the surface a bit so it does not dry out so quickly so you get that "rich wood shine" lasting for a very long time. I've never had any "spotting issues" even if I am not careful with the application as it spreads evenly with some minor rubbing.

Your comments make me want to buy a bottle of linseed oil and give that another go. For those who may be worried about application issues, the Howard product is pretty safe in the sense that it would be really hard to mess up the surface. Also removes the step of applying a wax (if that is desired).

Agree with taking care of your equipment being cathartic. You take care of the things you love.

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