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Forum topic by Biggamefish posted 09-22-2014 02:00 PM 1549 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2014 02:00 PM

I want to remove poly that didn’t dry and I tried to sand it down but it just gums up. What will work to remove the poly and not ruin the wood?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 03:09 PM

Have you tried using MS on a rag? If the varnish isn’t cured it may remove most of it.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 03:45 PM

Card scrapers

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 03:52 PM

I agree with Fred Hargis and wahoo on both assessements…..Try one, then try the other, or both…..That’s about the only way tou’re gonna get rid of the poly…..Lots of elbow and wrist action…...

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 04:48 PM

Card for sure.


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#5 posted 09-22-2014 05:26 PM

Cistristrip. Sandpaper and scraping are a waste of time. They leave residue.

-- 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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#6 posted 09-23-2014 02:08 AM

You could also try naptha – a bit stronger solvent than min spirits. Scrape or sand after you think it’s all off.

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 02:24 AM

let is sit longer and it will probably dry. It might take a week or so. Then you can remove it. I went to the store and talked to the paint guy. I had varnished a project with some very old varnish. It was probably 20 or more years old. He said be patient and it will dry. It did. He told me when it had dried to stir the contents of my can better. Time it with a watch. 10 minutes! I did and it worked the next time. Just my experience and it turned out good for me.

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 02:28 AM

Put a fan on it to help it dry.

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 03:02 AM

Like grandpa said, just give it some time, unless you are under schedule pressure to deliver. How long has it been drying, so far? Do you live in a cool or humid climate?

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 04:43 AM

Like Clint said,
Get a good stripper and take that crap off, otherwise just a big headache. Make sure you clean it off good with some Mineral spirits afterwards.

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 11:20 AM

The time thing isn’t working. It has been sitting on the bench for 3+ weeks and is still very tacky to the touch. It is a new can of Poly too. I want to remove it so I am going to go with the MS idea and hopefully it works.


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#12 posted 09-23-2014 01:32 PM

Did you stir it well before applying? And have you tried the thinners?

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#13 posted 09-23-2014 02:21 PM

try lacquer thinner, it is much more aggressive the MS….and evaporates so much faster also

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#14 posted 09-24-2014 06:41 PM

What kind of wood are you putting it on?

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#15 posted 09-25-2014 12:26 PM

Wipe the bacote down with a paper towel soaked in lacquer thinner. Sand to 400 and then use EEE and Shellawax to bring it up to a beautiful finish.

Then test that poly on a piece of oak or pine.
Stir it real good, apply a thin coat with a rag and it should dry over night.

If it does not dry on those woods, I’d take the poly back for a refund!

I just found this where they talk about finishing bacote and the long drying time with spar varnish. it might be the wood!! some good discussion on this forum.

I like the moderators bottom line:
My biggest fear is that I’ll die and my wife will sell my callmaking supplies for what I told her they cost…..

.............Cheers, Jim

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