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07-23-2010 01:41 AM

White residue

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Help, please!

In the 1st photo I have 2 coats of an oil-based “natural” stain. A white residue has formed on some of the wood and I’m struggling to remove it (I feel as though I’m engaged in a refinishing project instead of a finishing project.). I can sand most of it off, but some of it seems to be in the wood pores. Not sure why it formed in the first place.

The 2nd photo is part of the same project, but a stage further in the process. The tray has a coat of spar urethane applied atop the 2 coats of oil-based “natural” stain. I didn’t experience the same white residue after the 2nd coat of stain here (May have done a better job of sanding the tray than the cart.). In the photo, the area which appears shiny is actually not as glassy as the other areas of the wood. I intend to end up with a uniform glassy finish. Should I go over the existing finish with 4/0 steel whool prior to applying another coat of urethane, or can I simply apply a second coat? All finishing products have been applied with a brush, and none of the applications have been thinned.

Any advice will be greatly apprecieted.

Thanks, as always,


PS. I will post a “Project” photo when, and if I finish it.

-- Rick

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