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Posted on minwax high build poly will not dry

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 11:39 AM

You identified the problem at “oiled a month before”. Did you use “Boiled Linseed Oil”? That stuff takes forever to cure and the oil was likely not completely catalyzed. That will inhibit the dryers in the poly top coat. Since this is a table top and will be subject to use, I would strip it down and re-finish.

Once stripped, sand lightly, use a stain base coat, let cure for 2+ days, then re-do the poly coats. Personally, I would use clear gloss poly for the build coats since it does not contain flatteners that cloud the finish. If you want a satin look, use the satin or semi-gloss for the top coat only.

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