what happened to my clear coat??

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Forum topic by AKAndrew posted 07-12-2012 05:31 AM 1128 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2012 05:31 AM

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 07-12-2012 08:47 AM

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 07-12-2012 12:20 PM

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 07-12-2012 05:15 PM

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 07-15-2012 01:26 AM

Strip with an MEC based stripper

Wash it down with naptha

Stain with a water soluble dye stain


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