what happened to my clear coat??

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778 days ago

poly over oil stain. I stripped the old finish, left it for a few days, sanded with 120, then 220, brushed on oils stain, left it for 2 days, brushed on poly and now this???

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#1 posted 778 days ago

Did you use alcohol or similar to thoroughly clean the wood after stripping it? If not, then the stain did not properly penetrate the wood, so the solvents in the poly dissolved the stain. Don’t ask me how I would know about that. :)

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#2 posted 778 days ago

You may have reactivated the residue of the stripping agent, if you didn’t get a thorough wash to remove the stripper. Unfortunately you will probably need to restrip the new finish and start again.

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#3 posted 778 days ago

The poly obviously did not adhere to the wood. There are a number of reasons why this could have happened. The answer you’re looking for is what to do next. You’re going to need to strip it again and this time I would recommend using lacquer thinner after you have wiped the striper off. This works for both solvent-type strippers and semi-paste type strippers. Let dry. Then refinish. You could clean with Lacquer thinner twice especially if it’s an old piece that has been finished /refinished several times to get more of the old materials off. Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 775 days ago

Strip with an MEC based stripper

Wash it down with naptha

Stain with a water soluble dye stain


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