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Forum topic by Bret posted 03-11-2017 09:27 PM 287 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bret

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03-11-2017 09:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stain

I’m making plaques for our cub scouts who are receiving arrows of light, and I goofed. I’ve been working with Minwax stain and leaving it on the workpiece for 15 minutes or so to get a nice, rich finish.

For this project, I picked a General Finishes water-based stain and did the same thing. Big mistake. I went out after 15 minutes and the pieces were almost completely dry. What can I do to remove the dried-on stain short of sanding it all down and starting over?

Thanks. Feeling really bright today….

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kevinw

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 09:34 PM

Too late for this suggestion now, but if it were nearly dry as versus totally dry I am guessing you could have rubbed it down with a damp cloth and lightened it some.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 09:37 PM

Sometimes I had to resand and reapply several times. The record so far 4 times as the finish just did not was what I wanted. So take a sander and go ahead. Unless you have some very intricate details it is not a big deal

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 09:39 PM

Kevinw, I’m not sure it’s completely dry—would you wet with water or mineral spirits?

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 09:56 PM

The wet rag wipe-down (with water) did the trick. They look much better now. Thanks!

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