More finishing woes...I hope this clears up....

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Blog entry by RobH posted 07-22-2007 04:27 AM 1327 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I said yesterday how I hated finishing. Well, I got up this morning, made up a batch of wipe-on polyurethane and wiped it onto the shelf sides and the fixed shelves. Well, here it is 12 hours later and I have spots of polyurethane that are not drying. Here is the situation:

Thursday afternoon and evening I applied the stain to the sides and the fixes shelves. I was going to wait till tomorrow or Monday to start the polyurethane, but I got in a hurry.

This morning polyurethane was on by 10:30 A.M. On the fixed shelves that needed both sides coated I flipped the shelves and coated the second side at around 12:00 P.M. I just went out and felts of one of the sides and couple of the shelves. I am still feeling spots that are tacky to the touch. Definitely not completely dry. Upon further examination I noticed these spots were all where the open grain of the oak was.

This is what I am hoping happened. I am hoping that the stain was not completely dry from Thursday night. When I applied the polyurethane today, the non-dry stain kept the polyurethane activated and is keeping it from drying. I am hoping that once the stain dries, these spots will be ok. If so, at least I will know when the stain is dry.

Now, what if the spots do not dry? I am thinking I will go get some SealCoat and use that to go over the pieces to seal up the problem and hen continue on with polyurethane. Does this sound reasonable at all.

Well, guess I might as well not worry about it. It has happened now. All I can do is fix it.

I forgot to say that something on the order of 95% of the surfaces are bone dry and ready to go again. It is mainly one side and a couple of shelves.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 07-22-2007 04:31 AM

I’d probably just let it all dry, sand it and go again…???

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 07-22-2007 08:45 AM

It is recommended,
1. 24 hour dry time for the stain before finish.
2. Shellac sealer before poly

I agree with Dorje…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 07-23-2007 10:30 PM

Hi, Rob. We had a problem with water based poly applied too soon over the under-finish. It took probably two weeks for it to be hard enough to sand, but it was eventually sandable.

So, yeah, patience.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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