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    Hi, I`ve been using Osmo hard wax oil for a few years now and I love the product, it`s easy to use, gives a great finish and wears well but wondered if anyone had any thoughts/comments on a similar but slightly cheaper alternative, Fiddes Hard Wax Oil? Wondering how it compares to Osmo?
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    Don't know about Fiddes, but I use Whittle waxes Evolution oil and love it. Like you said, easy to go on , gives good finish. I also haven't used Osmo either, mainly because Whittle waxes is easy for me to get.

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    Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesmith80 View Post
    Don't know about Fiddes, but I use Whittle waxes Evolution oil and love it.
    Same here, but I have been trying to get some Fiddes to try.... 'cept the Sydney wood show keeps getting postponed, and that will be the easiest way to get hold of it. I have tried Osmo, (the white one) but I didn't like it. It just looked like someone had rubbed flour into the surface, and then oiled it.

    Fiddes is only 12 hours between coats apparently, and a mere snip at $99 a litre.
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    I'm almost out of Osmo, and it does mean a trip to Sydney to get more. I've been meaning to try the Whittle Evolution stuff, so might give that a go next.

    Might try a small can of their grey stain too - apparently you just apply 2 coats of the normal hardwax oil over the top of an initial stain coat.

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    Mr B, Moss Vale Paintwurx carries Fiddes, according to Fiddes.
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    Thanks, yeah, I saw that on the Fiddes webpage too, but it says *restricted range. Not sure what they'll keep in stock, as it's quite a small shop, but will take a look next time I'm going into town.

    I'm not sure how many places keep Osmo, but I had to get my last lot from a timber flooring place in Sydney that kept the whole range. Limited outlets seems to be a problem for a few people on here with Osmo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceFurniture View Post
    Mr B, Moss Vale Paintwurx carries Fiddes, according to Fiddes.
    That Fiddes trade sample kit looks useful


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    I think the white Osmo is meant to be used on lighter timber and is supposed not to darken it too much. I did try it a while ago but also didn`t like the finish. I`ve been using Osmo Polyx 3032 satin finish which gives a low sheen finish

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    I have used Osmo, fiddes and whittle waxes. Many L of osmo, about 5L of fiddes and about 2-3L of whittle waxes. The fiddes is better IMO - its more durable. You can lay the first layer on pretty thick too for durability which you cant for osmo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyu View Post
    You can lay the first layer on pretty thick too for durability which you cant for osmo.
    That's very useful to know. I imagine that it would also produce a smoother "settled" layer because it will take a little longer to settle and have more substance (even though Fiddes can be recoated in 12 hours, rather than 24 for the others)
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    That sounds good......because I dropped into Moss Vale Paintwurx today and picked up a small can of the Fiddes clear hardwax in satin finish to try. For anyone else in this area they do keep a reasonable range of sizes in the Silk, Satin, and Gloss finishes at Moss Vale.

    I normally apply the Osmo with a microfibre roller, so might try the same with the Fiddes to start with.

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    Mr Bush
    What are the advantages of using a microfibre roller to apply hard wax oil?
    I imagine that it would be faster than a brush on a larger surface but does it apply the oil more evenly?

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    Prior to just buying some Fiddes to try, I'd always used Osmo satin. I think someone on here recommended the microfibre roller to put it on, but I've since see a YouTube video where some guy in the UK evaluated various methods and came to the same conclusion.

    Osmo do recommend roller rather than brush to apply multiple very thin coats, and this method has worked well for me. These hardwax products aren't cheap, but if you apply them with a roller a little really does go a long way.

    The Fiddes may be different, so I'll experiment to see what works best. If all else fails, I may even look up their recommended application method on their webpage !

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    Thanks guys that`s interesting to hear, appreciate the feedback. I tried a sample tin of the Fiddes and applied it the same as I do with Osmo ie a 4mm knap microfibre roller. Two coats, first a bit heavier the second a bit lighter both coats across and with the grain but finishing with the grain. Osmo say no need to sand between coats but a light sand seems to give a better result. I`m making a walnut entertainment unit and found the Osmo satin gave a darker finish than the Fiddes which for this project is what I wanted. It comes in Matt, Silk and Satin, I used the Silk which is supposed to be similar in sheen level to Osmo Satin. In a Melbourne winter Osmo takes a long time to dry so been using the Osmo "Rapide" which costs more and is supposed to enable two coats in a day; maybe it would in summer but still needed 24 hours in a Melbourne August. The Fiddes however was ready for a second coat the same day. Both Fiddes and Osmo are easy to apply and give a lovely finish but the Fiddes is a bit cheaper and dries a lot quicker.

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