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#1 posted 08-04-2010 01:35 PM

Sounds like you’re having a summertime humidity issue. WaterLox is wonderful stuff, by far, my favorite finish and just about the most forgiving stuff available. Just let it dry, wet sand it back, and apply very light coats, sanding in between. I would be very reluctant to begin smearing all kinds of solvent or other over the undried finish. You may just end up with a sticky mess. In all liklihood you would have similar issues with any other varnish. Summertime is a very difficult time to varnish in humid conditions.

I just had the same problem with dipping a newly made bamboo flyrod. I normally do this in winter in MI, but tried it in June and it took nearly three weeks to dry hard(this was using Verathane Marine Poly). Normally rock hard in 12 hours. Infuriating, but I’m sure it was just the weather.

Don’t be put off with WaterLox. It’s probably the most flexible and repairable finish out there for high quality projects… from satin wipe-on to mirror rubbed finishes. Don’t panic. Summer is just difficult.

Good luck. Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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