|Forum topic by dogdoc||posted 111 days ago||378 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
111 days ago
I’ve gotten myself into a paint pickle, and as will be clear when you read about it, I don’t know what I’m doing. I need suggestions on how to best fix my problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
We’ve built some storage/closet shelves out of plywood. The room is small, adjacent to a concrete storm shelter (with some moisture) and has been cold. When working in the room, I’ve run a small fan/heater, but during the day (while gone) the space heater has been turned off. There is not a lot of airflow in the room, but I try to leave the door open with the ceiling fan next door running when I can.
I applied two coats of Zinnser Bullseye 123 primer (water based), then applied 2 coats of Valspar interior water-based latex. The primer coats were 24 hours apart, then waited 5 days and the two paint coats were 24 hours apart. The were completely dry.
Here’s where I start screwing up: 5 or 6 days later, I applied an oil-based Minwax quick dry poly to the top surfaces of the shelves. I was hoping to give some added protection to the “high traffic” areas . it was supposed to be a satin finish, but it dried very high gloss. I did stir very well prior to application, but didn’t stir it again (as it was a pretty quick job). The shelves all dried completely, except one very small portion. It was the last spot that I worked on, so I figured it was that I failed to stir it at the very end.
Two weeks later, the small spot was still tacky, but everything else dry. The high gloss sheen was bugging me, so I pulled out a can of Cabots oil based poly that I had on hand that I knew was satin. Stirred well, applied second coat of poly.
Now almost the entire project is still tacky 48 hours later. I’ve been running the heater and trying to keep the door open as much as possible. I plan on borrowing a dehumidifier tonight to see if that helps, but I’m pretty sure my fix is probably going to be more labor-intensive than that.
What would you do, other than make fun of me for being an idiot ;-)?