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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 03-28-2016 11:57 AM 502 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2016 11:57 AM

So this weekend I had to do something I never do, stain something. I first stained it late Saturday night, I left it on a little too heavy but figured it would have soaked in and been the color I needed it to be. Well of course I was wrong and it was still pretty tacky yesterday morning. Got online and read I could apply more stain and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it off and it’ll take the excess I had left on and been good. Well here it is almost 24 hours after I did that and it’s still freaking tacky, but not as bad as it was. There anyway to fix this? I know I could wipe it down with mineral spirits but afraid that would totally change what it looks like. I had to make a new top for a chest that was already stained, so trying to get it to match best I can, oh and it’s cedar…..

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 12:07 PM

What kind of stain? What kind of wood? Is your shop warm?

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 12:23 PM

It’s the standard minwax stain you get from lowes in the yellow container. The wood is cedar, which i know has oils in it which could be the problem but the chest had been stained before and looks fine like it took the stain just fine. Shop has been warm for the most part, was in the 70s all weekend and like upper 50’s low 60’s at night.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 01:18 PM

I’m guessing this is polyshades. I will never use it again. I had the same problem it never did dry I finally put a coat of poly over it and sealed it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 01:24 PM

Kind of what I was thinking, I was an idiot and turned on a fan in my garage to circulate the air to help, blew dust on it. Got most of it off, if i can’t get the rest off will probably wipe it down with mineral spirits and if it lightens it up too much I’ll just put another coat on it and see what happens. If I can get it dry enough I’ll just put poly over it and see if it works out. If it’s not bad enough being annoying as hell but having it take my shop over all weekend when it was nice is even worse.

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