|Forum topic by EagleTRL57||posted 12-25-2015 04:43 PM||633 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
12-25-2015 04:43 PM
I have a challenge I have never run into before and need some advice from the expert community.
I decided to refinish my oak dining room table – after 15 years of wear and tear (three boys, three grandkids and a “crafty” wife). The table is actually over 25 years old, but I have refinished it twice before with no problems. For the second time in my woodworking life, I decided to use some stripper to take the poly off, then stripper finisher to remove the residue – probably not the wisest decision ever, but I thought I might save some time. I let the table dry for over 36 hours, and all looked good, so I stained it (two coats of MinWax). I noticed some shiny spots on the surface as it was drying, and wiped it down a few times over two days.
I didn’t notice the shiny spots again, so did the final sanding and applied a layer of epoxy resin finish. It came out terrible – see pictures. There are pock marks scattered across the table top and there is an oily sheen in the epoxy as it dried. I am guessing the spots I saw were oil seeping out of the wood, but not sure what it would be from.
I spent four days stripping it back down – had to use stripper again to knock the epoxy off, but then sanded it down to bare wood. I have applied stain again, but am still seeing the oil spots along the wood grain.
Any ideas on what would have caused the oil and any advice on how to deal with it? I like the epoxy resin finish – first time using it – but don’t want to go thru the expense if it is just going to do the same thing. Plus, at this point, I don’t know that regular poly or anything else would work any better.
I assume it is related to either the stripper or the finisher, but haven’t seen any references to indicate what is going on.
Here is a pic of the finish.