I built a couple cabinets and stained & waxed them but thanks to Andrew (aka Maxwell Smart), LadyRider wants them painted white. No problem I said, so I lightly sanded the surface, then paint them with a good latex primer, then painted them with white latex acrylic. The latex does not adhere well. I've gotta strip!
I've got the boom box and the appropriate music. What else do I need to strip the acrylic latex, primer, Johnson wax, Minwax stain etc. ?
I never thought of this before until Marc Adams mentioned it in a class at his school. He said he could remove finish from a piece with a card scraper faster than someone could do it with stripper and avoid all the mess and smell. To prove it he gave a little demonstration. He even did irregular shapes with the curved portion of a scraper. It would be tough for someone not used to using a card scraper or knowing how to sharpen one though. Otherwise, Bix stripper seems to work pretty good. If you are planning on still making the cabinets white you might want to try spraying white lacquer.
I think your trouble spot was the wax. The primer should be able to stick to the stain, but nothing is going to stick to the wax. Next time before painting I thing you can use a solvent like Mineral spirits to take off the wax.