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Mark

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12-14-2010 08:21 PM

So this is my problem… I am working on a project for a client and I’m at the point of finishing. I had it all stained up n assembled and prepped for finishing today. I’m using wipe on poly and as soon as I started finishing it, finger prints/ hand prints are unravelling. I am so peeved off with it and I’m ready to chuck it. But before doing so, I decided to make a forum to see if I can solve this problem. Do I have to sand it back down again? I really don’t wanna have to.

-- M.K.


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#1 posted 12-14-2010 08:22 PM

p.s. i had rubber gloves on while staining

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 08:31 PM

What type of wood, Mark?

Regardless, I don’t know of any way other than sanding back and starting over. I would guess those prints happened before you ever started staining. Skin oil prevented the stain from absorbing evenly. Ouch!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 08:41 PM

maple charlie

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 08:45 PM

you have sealed it now so the sanding job waiting for you
and while you are with then ceep your salty tears from it and the finish
if you want to avoid a werd look

Dennis

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 09:04 PM

Best to start over.
Next time, seal the dried stain with a “spit” coat of dewaxed shellac (about a one pound cut).
Alternatively, you can use a can of spray shellac to give it a light sealing coat.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 12-14-2010 09:07 PM

The bad news is you need to strip. Maybe I can give you some good news.

Get a basic pull scraper from the BORG. Sold as a paint scraper. Use a file to sharpen the blade and it will remove finish and stain quickly. No clogged paper. After the finish is gone sand before applying finish.

I might suggest spraying a tinted sealer to avoid problems.

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#7 posted 12-14-2010 09:10 PM

define unraveling, is it like a big fish eye, and what is the stain base,,, oil, lacquer, water ,

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#8 posted 12-14-2010 09:13 PM

oil

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 12-14-2010 10:56 PM

Mark. I would gie if a light sand with 000 steel wool & recoat. It only taks a couple of hours to dry anyway. Whoops it’s winter in your part of the world, you might need to do it in a warm environment.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 12-14-2010 10:58 PM

i think you have had a contamination from either something you had on your hands when working the piece or, the gloves have reacted with the stain or they were contaminated, assuming your color remains, you could try a light coat of dewaxed shellac, it will seal about anything, down, nahptha will also remove most contaminates , however my concern is it could also pull the unprotected oil base stain, i would give the shellac a try before stripping, the spray can stuff will work well, but not the orange or yeallow cans at the box stores, they are not dewaxed, the key here is shellac will seal over wax as its compatable with it, worth a shot,

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 11:23 PM

well thx a ton gus but i sanded her down already n fixed her up. ...i figured that would be my only option….it worked so far.

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 12-15-2010 01:17 AM

i’ll have pcs uploaded tomorrow hopefully….its a rad heater cover.

-- M.K.

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