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Forum topic by AKSteve posted 07-26-2016 04:31 AM 816 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2016 04:31 AM

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I just recently finished a mirror frame for a neighbor and I put a coat of tung oil and let it set for a few days and then put on a high gloss poly on it; two coats, the brand was minwax, it says in the directions to apply and wait for at least 4 hours, well to me 4 hours is usually just a suggestion :) so I normally just let the finish set up overnight and 99 percent of the time it’s good and dry and ready for sanding and another coat, then I finish off with a coat of wax and buff it to a good shine, well here is the problem, I did let it set overnight and when I came back it was still sticky to the touch. on my other projects I do not have this problem, my question is; is it the wood or the product? because not all of the surface is sticky just certain parts, I believe it may have something to do with the grain and the direction it flows but I am not sure, then again it could just be the wrong product I am using on that wood, are there any good alternatives for this or am I just crazy?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 07-26-2016 04:36 AM

Some hate Minwax products and some love them. Sometimes it works for me amd sometimes it doesn’t.

Ive had good luck wiping it down with mineral spirits and giving it another day.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 07-26-2016 05:36 AM

I have been making chisel handles out of padauk, and yes there is some difference how the poly reacts on this wood. It seems to form a layer that does not dry normally, that layer can be wiped off with a cloth going with the grain, then using steel wool.
I have also used “true oil” gunstock finish with good results.

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#3 posted 07-26-2016 03:01 PM

thanks for the tips ! I love that wood, its a total pain to work with but the results are pretty awesome.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#4 posted 08-01-2016 07:22 PM

Not sure, if I’m much help, but doesn’t Padauk have a lot of natural oils? Perhaps this is holding up the works?

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#5 posted 08-02-2016 05:00 AM

gdiddy13 I think your right about that, I am working on another project and I noticed that after removing a few clamps I had hold some pieces it appeared to have a oil finish under were the clamp was holding the part like it had squeezed the oil out of if. one thing for sure it keeps the machinery I am using well oiled! but it is so hard on my lungs, I have to wear a respirator and it still gets in. but what beautiful wood.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#6 posted 08-02-2016 01:36 PM

Padauk has a lot of natural oil that could be part of the problem. I have used Minwax before and it wouldn’t cure. I don’t use minwax anymore.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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