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Blog entry by kosta posted 10-03-2009 06:08 PM 784 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I have a problem I sanded my book case parts to 220 grit and stained it 4 times then I polyurathaned all the parts. Then I wiped it down with mineral spirits to smooth it out but it is still a little sticky I am not sure what I should do I am using a clear gloss poly and an oil based stain.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/



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lew

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#1 posted 10-03-2009 06:57 PM

I recently tried wipe on poly. I didn’t stain the wood, wanted the natural look. Anyway, the project was mostly oak plywood. The poly remained tacky for several days- on the plywood but dried “normally” on the solid wood parts. Never did figure out why. Went back and used regular poly and it dried OK.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 10-03-2009 07:11 PM

How long did you let the stain dry before putting on the poly?

My guess is that you used an oil based stain. Did you let it dry for at least 24 hours before applying the finish as per the instructions on the can? Four coats of stain is really loading the material.

If it is cool in your shop the stain dry time is increased.

How long has the poly been drying?

Your situation raises questions. You need to be very specific with the details when trouble shooting, especially since we are long distance.

I read your comment about smoothing the poly with mineral spirits and I cannot say that I agree with that, but it would not necessarily hurt anything.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#3 posted 10-03-2009 07:34 PM

yea I waited about 4 hours and the poly was drying for about 4 thanks

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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kosta

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#4 posted 10-03-2009 07:35 PM

yea well I dont use a lot of plywood and even if I needed it it would be hard to get

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 10-03-2009 08:21 PM

So you are saying that you only let the stain dry about 4 hours?

If you put the finish on over the stain saturated board after only 4 hours then that can create the exact issue that you have.

Besides the fact that poly can still take a day to dry anyway.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#6 posted 10-03-2009 08:24 PM

yea I just wasnt paying attention but you know what I havent gone a single project with out asking some question on lumberjocks. I mixed my own stain I put english chesnut golden pecan red oak and 1 more but the mix came out better then I thought I will post some pics tommrow

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 10-04-2009 12:17 AM

Questions are good for growth.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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kosta

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#8 posted 10-04-2009 12:51 AM

yea I would be really screwed up if I hadent found lumberjocks

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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jpc

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#9 posted 10-04-2009 06:27 AM

Hey kosta, its all a learning curve, im really new to it all and i agree with you about finding lumberjock, its been a big help.I see your in vb, i live in chesapeake. But anyways. i just yesterday add poly to a stained project too early and woke up today to it still being tacky,take it easy bro

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 10-04-2009 06:38 AM

I always let a coat of poly at least 6 hours, a day if possible…

as mentioned- the stain also requires a day to dry.

also – I’m not quite sure why you use mineral spirits to smooth the finish? if the finish is already dry- it won’t do anything to it. and if the finish is not dry- than you are introducing a solvent to the finish while it’s already applied – this is more likely to screw up your finish than “fix” it. let you finish dry on its own… then sand it down with 400-600 grit to smooth it out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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kosta

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#11 posted 10-04-2009 02:19 PM

ok my shoip temp right now is about 60 and I stained them yeasterday so I will probebly sand them on monday night

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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