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1484 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question watching paint dry

Can I mix Japan dryer with mineral spirits and put it on a topcoat of minwax stain/varnish and make it dry. For some reason this topcoat will not dry. All suggestions helpful. Thanks, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -


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#1 posted 1484 days ago

What kind of wood is it on? Some oily woods are known for keeping the finish soft.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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#2 posted 1484 days ago

Mike I don’t think that mineral spirits will dry. It evaporates.

Try mixing a little bit of your minwax stain with some japan drier and put it in a glass and see if it dries. If it does then try putting a topcoat on top of what you have now,

I use about 1/2 a capful of japan drier to a cup of finish so it you are only mixing up a couple of teaspoons to test don’t use a lot of japan drier. Also you can’t store the mixed finish, so only mix what you need.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 1483 days ago

Thanks karson. I’ll give it a go.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 1483 days ago

I have had this problem in the past, but wasn’t smart enough to ask LJ’s for help. You guys are a walking wealth of info.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1483 days ago

Mike, I had the same problem with the same stuff. After a week, I wiped it down with thinner, and resanded and used a stain, let dry and went over it with Min wax satin poly. It was for a whelping box for my daughters dog. The dog liked it. Rand

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#6 posted 1482 days ago

Thanks all for the info, you’re right Chuck all you gotta do is ask. It’s always been that way for me. Usually it’s Karson or Dick Cain to the rescue, but always someone, oh yea, Frank used to be an inspiration too. I’d love how he would tell you you’re full of sh*t! mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 1482 days ago

Mike , this is typical of many oil based finishes in hot humid weather, give it a wet wipe with some naphtha, and leave it over night,just wipe it wet, and leave it, the naphtha will not disturb the sticky finish ( stay wet), but it will open it up a little and it will dry it down .. hot weather finishes will skim over, and not dry well,

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