Can I apply sanding sealer over small stain touch ups without having to wait several days?

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Forum topic by strandedpirate posted 06-05-2014 10:57 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2014 10:57 PM

I’m re-doing some bar stools that I stained. I just applied a thin layer of sanding sealer over the seats and then sanded it with 400 grit but it took off some of the stain right on the edges of the stool and I had to re-apply very small amount of stain back to those areas. I rubbed them pretty good so there is as little stain left in those areas as possible.

I’m using General Finshes’ Water Based Sanding Sealer on top of one of their Gel Stains.

The directions for the sanding sealer says to wait four days to let the stain completely dry, which I’ve done already, but I’m wondering do I have to wait that long again for these small touch ups or is it OK to apply my second layer of sanding sealer in 8 hours or so?

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#1 posted 06-05-2014 11:15 PM

I can’t tell you anything about your sanding sealer product but I use self-sealing finishes and do water based dye, Minwax stain and 2-3 coats of finish in a single day. That’s using lacquer or conversion varnish as a self-sealing finish.

Spend some spare time experimenting with sample boards and just try different things. Sooner or later it’ll be obvious what combinations work and which ones don’t. I had to experience some nasty failures to get to the point where I could be confident that my techniques will turn out fine.

-- See my work at and

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 05:24 PM

Thanks, I went ahead and sprayed over those touch-ups just a few hours after I applied them with another layer of sanding sealer and I don’t see any adverse affects.

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 05:49 PM

Every film finish is its own “sealer.” Anything called a sealer is a waste.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 06:43 PM

Clint has a point, but I prefer to use a dewaxed shellac ‘cause it just dries so quickly.
Let the flame begin. :)


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#5 posted 06-07-2014 06:07 PM

Ditto on the dewaxed shellac from Bill White!!!!! I have used it for years.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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