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10-06-2009 11:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing stain tacky

I made a small trinket box out of oak, and applied “Minwax English Chestnut 233 Wood Finish”. I applied it lightly, too, however 3 days later its still tacky to the touch. The wood was definitely dry, and the weather has been sunny with average humidity levels for Massachusetts. Anyone have any ideas? After it’s dry I’d like to give it a light rub down with steel wool then a light coat of poly to seal it.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 12:18 AM

Honestly, I think I’d just wipe the piece down with a lint free shop cloth or one of those disposable blue cloths at this point. Start in a hidden spot on the piece to see if the stain is going to blanch in spots. IF it does, you’ve got something odd going on with your wood. I’m betting not though, and perhaps you got overzealous with the stain when you put it on.

My 2 cents, hope it help!


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#2 posted 10-07-2009 01:20 AM

One of the problems with oak and oil stains is that being so porous oak can bleed out stain from its pores for several days. As Milo said, wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. If I were doing this I would lightly sand and apply a seal coat of shellac (2 lb cut) to the wood prior to putting on the poly. Oil base stains may bleed into the topcoat unless the stained wood is sealed.

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 05:44 PM

Great info guys. I appreciate it. Both ideas have worked very nicely…

-- Chip, Virginia

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