Satin Finish on White Oak

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Forum topic by PaulJerome posted 06-04-2011 03:54 AM 1343 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2011 03:54 AM

I’m in the process of finishing some white oak with a satin finish polyurethane. The first few coats went on well with no issues. Now the puzzler. I apply the finish to one side of the piece and let dry for 8 hours. I flip it over to apply on the reverse side and let it dry for 8 hours. This side has a glossy appearance and I can’t figure out why. I use the same procedure on both sides. Any ideas?

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#1 posted 06-04-2011 03:59 AM

stir the can

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 06-04-2011 04:38 PM

I had the same problem with some Cabot satin spar I recently bought. I stirred the can very well, and since I’m doing my floors in satin varathane, I get the idea of evenly distributing the particles in the can! lol The Cabot stayed tacky for over a week, and stayed a high gloss. I’ve wondered if it could be due to the humidity levels at the time? (I can’t remember how high the humidity was that day) Anyhow, I returned the can.

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 02:59 AM

I’m thinking as well that it is the humidity. It got really humid awfully fast here in the Midwest, so I moved from the garage to the basement to apply the final coat. No more gloss.

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#4 posted 06-05-2011 03:20 AM

Humidity can be a problem, but the way you apply it can cause it also.
Are you applying it in thin coats?

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