|Forum topic by SKlaus||posted 127 days ago||1808 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
127 days ago
Hey everyone! I know this is a strange topic being that General finishes is pretty much foolproof. But I wanted to get someone elses opinion and advice. I had a run in with General finishes “candlelight” gel stain, and it took me some time to fix which perplexed me because I’ve had such good luck with General finish products ( and I think most people have)... So about the project
55” X 19 ” 4/4 poplar table top for a desk. sanded to 220. Sealed with 1 1/2 lb cut sealcoat (Dewaxed) tinted with transtint golden brown. sprayed the seal coat. let it dry about 1 1/2 hours. light sanding with 320 grit to knock down the nibs…
So I applied the gel stain liberaly using a rag. and wiped off. As I was pushing to product around to cover some of the inconsistencies of poplar, I noticed that it was pulling itself off of the wood!! The more I played with it, the more it pulled up!! It dried super fast. If I didnt push it to where I wanted it in less than 30 seconds, It would already become tacky and pull up. 1st round was a no go… to many areas that it had come loose with big patches that looked like it didnt even have any stain at all… sanded it back down using 220… sealed again with 1 1/2lb cut sealcoat with no tint… Same thing happened… I ended up having to wait for it to dry, and then go over it again with a darker stain in order to cover all the areas it was pulling up from.
I am pretty sure it wasnt just the blotchiness off poplar because I sealed the heck out of it, and thats why I used Gel Stain…
I didnt take pictures (dumy me…)
I live in South Florida… Jupiter specifically… Working out of a 2 car garage. temperature at 90+ degrees and humidity near 100%...
could that be a factor? Any ideas, anyone? User error or environmental? did I over seal it?
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