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A blend of oils and waxes that makes the perfect final coat over Sam Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish to create a soft, hand-rubbed appearance.
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Sam Maloof Oil/Wax Finish

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The late Sam Maloof, one of America's most accomplished woodworkers, used these same finishes on pieces placed in museums and the White House. Sold in pint- and quart-size cans.

"One of the most important aspects of finishes, I believe, is that they invite me to touch, to caress and to take pleasure in the wood surface." - Sam Maloof.


Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish is a custom blend of polyurethane varnish and natural oils developed by Sam Maloof to beautifully finish his finest pieces. Ideal for use on furniture, cabinets and millwork. Enlivens wood grain and adds warmth to its color. Gives your project the look of a hand-rubbed satin finish in half the time it takes using pumice and rottenstone. Consider using Sam Maloof's Oil/Wax for the final coat to complete the look.


Sam Maloof Oil/Wax Finish is a blend of oils and waxes used as a final coat over Sam Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish to create a soft, hand-rubbed appearance while enlivening the wood's character. This topcoat is recommended for fine pieces that won't be exposed to heat or moisture. Apply with a cloth.


For more information on Sam Maloof, see Jeremy Adamson's book, The Furniture of Sam Maloof (#32546, sold separately), the first thorough documentary of Maloof's life and work.

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Tech Spec
  • Coats: 1-2
  • Dry to Recoat: 24 hours
  • Suggested Application: Soft cotton rag
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Apply after the 4 coats of Poly/Oil are dried
Technical Documents
Dry Time 24 hrs
Size Pint, Quart
Use Interior
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Very good finish
Penetrates and brings out the natural character of the wood. My preferred finish for wood sculpture.
July 2, 2018
Purchased
over 5 years ago
I am a fan!
I used the Maloof finish wax in combanation with the Maloof oil and the results were outstanding. I used the product on walnut and cherry field with a maple accent strip awards plaque and it took to all species with no flaws. In the past I was a die hard lacquer finish proponent until my buddy turned me onto Maloof products.
Walnut, Cherry with Maple strip plaque.
Walnut, Cherry with Maple strip plaque.
April 14, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Best finish I've used.
Very easy to apply and get professional results. Creates a soft to the touch finish that people just want to keep touching. Not good for wet or hot applications like a dining table top. Works well on restoring finishes on older Stickley furniture too.
April 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great finish
I used this on a cherry rocking chair, over the Maloof oil/varnish finish. It gives a beautiful luster. It takes a while to apply, layer by layer, but the hand rubbed luster really came through.
December 18, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Finish
One of the easiest finishes to use that I have ever tried. Looks great too.
October 16, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
My Favorite Finish
I love this finish. It takes time to apply, but the results look and feel the most natural. 24 hours between coats and I usually put down 8-12 coats... so patience is key. http://youtu.be/vc0YFtb_KM4
April 24, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Fine finish
Wonderful finish to work with. Beautiful results!!
April 14, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
absolutely beautiful finish
I have been looking for a finish like this for years. I turn bowls on a wood lathe, Sam Maloof's oil finish gives my bowls a deep rich
look and feel. I knew what I wanted a finish to do but all the ones I tried before just did not quite measure up. I wish I would have found Sam Maloof oil finish years ago. I will not buy anything else from now on!
January 10, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
It's the best I've ever used
It's the best I've ever used
October 3, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Excellent
Very good product use it on a lot of things.
July 7, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
first time trying, heard good things about this finish
Pam A on Aug 16, 2018
Best Finish arrive for general finishing,
Alan K on Jul 22, 2018
first time trying, heard good things about this finish
Pam A on Aug 16, 2018
was recommended for fine furniture finish
Heather G on Aug 3, 2018
Best Finish arrive for general finishing,
Alan K on Jul 22, 2018
Used this finish before, very happy with it.
Karen S on Jun 3, 2018
It is easy to use and looks great. I keep having to order because I talk about it and let other people use it for their projects.
Tavis R on May 25, 2018
Combined with the Poly/Oil finish this is absolutely the best finish for quality work.
Dennis I on May 14, 2018
Wanted to try it.
Ned R on Apr 16, 2018
Recommended to me by my expert-woodworker brother for finishing a live-edge walnut table top.
Brian A on Mar 30, 2018
This was recommended to me to use
Joseph R on Feb 20, 2018
Used before
David Adomites D on Jan 17, 2018
Used it for many years. Works very well!
GRAHAM M on Jan 5, 2018
recommended by a friend
Robert O on Oct 1, 2017
Have used it for years. Excellent product.
Rita N on Sep 15, 2017
To use myself and as a gift
Stephen C on Sep 4, 2017
Top Coat to other Sam Maloof product.
Gerard D on Jun 17, 2017
Recommended and had good reviews
Danny C on May 31, 2017
As a guitarmaker, I'm very familiar with spraying lacquer or french polishing with shellac, but I don't know ANYTHING about finishing "normal" furniture. I went with this based on Sam's reputation, the general look of the finish on his pieces, and a little piece of mind since I don't have to wonder if I chose the best products to make my own.
James O on May 12, 2017
I making Maloof inspired chairs and want to use the same finish he used.
Stan B on Feb 13, 2017
To finish pizza cutter and screwdriver handles and other projects.
Fred P on Feb 4, 2017
The best finish for my maloof style rocker
Don M on Jan 19, 2017
Good reviews
Greg W on Jan 17, 2017
I am about to apply finish to a custom set of built in cabinets surrounding a fireplace. The two bases (left & right) have two drawers and two doors each with a cabinet top that measures 39w x 22d -- I simply want the BEST finish I can apply and all roads lead to Sam Maloof for heirloom quality finish. #MaloofRoleModel #MaloofGoals
Kevin J. R on Dec 19, 2016
I'm trying different finishes and read that this was worth trying.
James B on Nov 29, 2016
Building a Maloof inspired rocking chair...just seemed to make sense for my first build.
David G on Nov 21, 2016
Great finish and easy to use
Michael O on Nov 5, 2016
Custom furniture project, curly maple.
Cynthia C on Oct 25, 2016
I have been frustrated by not being able to purchase a quality oil finish locally so I decided to try this finish based on recommendations.
Ed S on Sep 21, 2016
Excellent finish!
Dee L on Aug 21, 2016
I have been using Sam Maloof for many years and I love it , it makes the finish so nice
James G on Aug 6, 2016
Highly recommended by experienced woodworker
joanne b on Jul 24, 2016
Custom furniture building/ finishing
Core C on Jun 1, 2016
I have the perfect antique table to use this on...with its different woods, inlay detail and carvings, it needs the finest of finishes....Its stripped, stained and ready to be enhanced with this products finish.
Susan G on May 25, 2016
Best finish on the market, after using many, I will always come back to Sam Maloof. My quarter sawn oak blanket chest wood grain looks almost 3-D with this finish!
Jeffrey B on May 22, 2016
Highly recommended by a friend.
Michael S on Apr 26, 2016
Recommended by Doug Stowe to finish my small wall cabinet and jewelry box.
Linda H on Mar 31, 2016
because the chair instructions said to
Jack S on Feb 9, 2016
You Tube video
Baxter H on Jan 25, 2016
I heard it was good and wanted to try it.
Lance G on Jan 15, 2016
Great reviews and reputation.
Jose A on Jan 14, 2016
Great final finish. Have used it for years.
robert g on Dec 16, 2015
For all wood projects I finish with this manufactures oil & then wax.
GAIL H on Dec 15, 2015
I've used it before and it's amazing
pamela b on Dec 13, 2015
Love this finish, make sure to use both parts and follow the directions and you will love how it looks!
Jim on Dec 4, 2015
Excellent finish!
Tim F on Dec 2, 2015
Have worked with this for years and is absolutely my favorite finish.
Jay E on Nov 25, 2015
Good reviews
Brian S on Nov 18, 2015
Used before
Bryan T on Oct 19, 2015
Great top coat,
Wayne M on Jul 19, 2015
Because it the best stuff you can buy
Chris S on Jul 15, 2015
This come's highly recommended, and meet's my expectations for the coin cases we're producing.
stephen f on May 13, 2015
was recommended for fine furniture finish
Heather G on Aug 3, 2018
Used this finish before, very happy with it.
Karen S on Jun 3, 2018
Can I use the oil/wax finish on already finished wood tables and other wood furniture as a preservative to care for the wood finish? For instance, I have some antique pieces and a teak desk that I would like to care for. Can I apply the oil/wax finish to this furniture. If not, what do you recommend? Thank you for the kind assistance.
Super on Apr 30, 2017
planning finish 2 new solid oak doors. Planning to use both products (poly/oil and oil/wax. what is the prep prior stain? after stain? how much of both products is needed for a great outcomr?
tom j on May 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: too many unknowns to give good answer. are doors inside or outside. any direct sun exposure. I have used both products on serving trays that I made from black locust trees that I cut down and recycled into boards. Maloof products are great to work with but I might consider using a sealer and varnish or urethane on oak.
If I am using on reclaimed Walnut planks 100+ years old (which I am planning on using as shelves) that were recently treated for woodworm, will the oil/wax by itself be enough to protect and coat the wood? Or do I need to use the poly/oil as well. I'm seeking to bring out the natural colors not really stain the wood. Also want to seal out the potential for additional woodworm as well if possible. Thanks!
Mary G on Nov 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Tough question. I don't know exactly, but if it's bare wood, you will get a better looking, longer lasting finish if you use the poly/oil under the oil/wax. Hope this helps.
How do you fiil the pores with the poly oil?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: standard pores in oak get filled with multiple layers. As it builds up it will gradually become level and smooth. using a high grit sandpaper in spreading will also create somewhat of a slurry that will help fill. there are other methods, no doubt. I've built up to 4 or 5 coats. plan to apply another 2 down the road; might be next winter before I do this. my application was on an oak workbench. it has created a very hard protective surface.

I did use wonderfill on larger problems, cracks, etc. worked great.
What would you recommend for a finish for a table top in a matte finish?
Rhonda B on Dec 28, 2015
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BEST ANSWER: usually durability is an issue on finishes for table tops . polyurethane in a semi gloss will be durable and if you want a mat finish hit it with some steel wool one it is dry
Can you use the Oil/Wax finish on a Watco base? or do you need to use the Sam Maloof Poly/Oil?
Brad K on Jul 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I've used the poly oil and oil wax after using Watco oils. Not a problem. Just make sure you wipe the Watco off completely ( and don't wait the 30 minutes like it says on the can). Flood the piece with Watco then wipe it all off immediately. Do the same with the Maloof finishes. While the piece is flooded with the product use a week dry sandpaper 600 grit and rub in the product gently. Then wipe it all off with several lint free rags. Give it 3-4 coats. Then let it sit for a week or two before waxing to be sure the finish is cured.
Does this finish have a UV inhibitor?
Jody F on Feb 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not sure but I have used Sams products for many yrs on all the furniture I have built and have never seen any yellowing or fading, This goes back to 20+ yrs. One bit of advice. - follow instructions on the can exactly , Several coats that must be wiped dry after application. Requires patience , (in other words not a one step application
Can You use the Sam Maloof poly/oil and oil/ wax finish on stair? I was used the Minwax Polyurethane clear satin finish but I didn't like it. Can I sand it off and use the Sam Maloof oil on my stair?
Ely H on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm sure you can do that But this is give you really good results if you have Walnut . I only like to use it for Walnut .
In finishing my rocking chair, I grabbed the poly/ wax finish by mistake and applied it first. Is it ok to apply several coats of the poly/ oil finish now or would it be better to apply more poly/wax finish and leave it as that? Or could I steel wool the wax finish off and then apply the oil finish? Need help.
Billy M on Aug 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I've made the same mistake on a box I had made. I just continued using the poly/wax and it came out fine. That may not have been the right thing to do, but I can't see any difference between that box and the ones where I used poly/oil first.
Newbie here, so forgive my ignorance, please. Curious as to why one would need to apply the poly/oil as a base followed by the oil/wax finish. Would the oil/wax finish alone not give the desired results? I am curious if there are any photos of poly/oil only, poly/oil plus oil/wax, and oil/wax only for comparison.
Lance on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Poly/Oil + Oil Wax gives a more durable finish. Poly/oil by itself is fine it just doesnt seem to have the luster/sheen of the two combines, the oil/wax gives a very nice satiny sheen to the work.Oil/wax by itself again is not as durable as the two combined plus lacks the depth that the poly/oil gives. BPB
Can this be applied over chalk paint and gel stain? Does it dry to a hard finish?
Kara V on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is very beautiful finish four Walnut But if you try to put it on top of the stain I don't think it does look that good You can get a better result with other finish .
Can you use the oil/wax as a finish after applying a water based stain?
Jenny J on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but let the stain dry thoroughly, at least 3 days. Don't wipe the oil on too hard or put a coat of shellac over the stain first.
What is the average coverage of the pint? I have a 2x5 foot head board. I read here to pour on the poly/oil and wipe off, that implies I would need a quart for four applicattions
billdc on Aug 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: One pint should be plenty. I dipped my applicator in the oil and wiped it around. I got the surface shiny, let it sit a few minutes 2-3 and wiped it off then waited and did it again (4 times). I was happy with the result, especially since it was the first time using the product.
Does the oil/wax have a drier ?
Jack B on Nov 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A complete list of ingredients is available in the Material Safety Data Sheet. The MSDS is available by clicking the link under the "Technical Downloads" heading on the product page.
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