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Forum topic by Bradb7888 posted 12-21-2016 06:38 AM 2435 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2016 06:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood finish spar urethane polyurethane

I helped a friend build a table for a big green egg a while back and had some left over helmsman spar urethane. I recently sanded, stained and refinished the top of a nightstand for my wife and used the spar urethane to finish it. I let it sit in the garage for a few days to dry, but ever since I brought it into our room, it has reeked! I read some posts where others have learned from the same mistake and did a bit of research but still thought I would ask.. is there a way to fix this? Should I leave it outside for a while to “oxidize” or can I strip the finish off somehow and apply the appropriate finish?


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#1 posted 12-21-2016 07:20 AM

Urethane won’t stop smelling until it completely cures. Depending on how thick you laid it, it could take weeks.

Be patient. It will eventually lose its odor.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 09:57 AM

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#3 posted 12-21-2016 10:05 AM

Never mind

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#4 posted 12-21-2016 12:03 PM

Nothing to do with it being “spar”, it’s the nature of oil based finishes. But spar is a slightly softer/more flexible varnish than the regular stuff, so it may not have been the best choice for a table top anyway.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 12-21-2016 01:31 PM

It will stop smelling once the finish fully cures. That will happen a lot faster in a warm environment. Put it in a spare bedroom for a while.

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#6 posted 12-21-2016 02:07 PM

I just had to say it !
Put it in a “Spar” bedroom till it cures. lol
Yes it will loose the smell after it cures.
Warmer the room the better.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 12-21-2016 02:26 PM

If it is warm outside put it outside and let the sun shine on it. If it can heat up from sunlight, it will cure quickly.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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