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Ejsinon

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06-04-2018 10:03 PM

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Refinishing a old table top. Everything was going smoothly until I applied minwax wipe on satin poly. Used minwax gel stain. Let it dry for a day and then applied the poly. Where the grain is heavy I have little white spots or haze all over the place. Before I go ahead and keep adding poly I thought I might reach out and see if anyone has any suggestions.


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#1 posted 06-04-2018 10:06 PM

I don’t think it’s anything you did and all MinWax products are pretty much compatible. I think I would let it dry for a few days real good and see if the spots go away. Usually when you see white spots or blotches in finish it has to do with moisture. maybe it was trapped in the pores. It should still dry though, given enough time.

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#2 posted 06-04-2018 10:21 PM

This is the 3rd coat and it has been drying for about 12 hours now. Do you still think it will bs able to dry through?

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#3 posted 06-04-2018 10:30 PM

I let things dry longer than what you have done. I dry for at least 24 hours between coats. Of course, I amino real hurry and find I have no problems with wipe on poly.

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#4 posted 06-04-2018 10:33 PM


This is the 3rd coat and it has been drying for about 12 hours now. Do you still think it will bs able to dry through?

- Ejsinon

I wouldn’t apply any more. If this is the problem and it may not be, just sayin’ it will still dry, but it will take longer. I’d give it at least 48 hours. If at that time the white spots are still there you might need to strip it and do something different, like clean the wood real good before any more finish goes on. I cant imagine what else besides moisture will cause what you got going on there. Then again, I aint exactly the wood genius either.
I have seen cherry wood get white lines/spots on it, I believe it is some sort of fungus or mold, but I have never seen it on older wood. It was always on wood that was milled and dry and maybe planed, but not sanded and/or otherwise finished.

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#5 posted 06-04-2018 11:21 PM

Looks like an uneven finish absorption from some open pores, sand it back with 220 paper, give it a thin coat of shellac and top with a couple coats of poly. Let it dry, rub it, wax it and you are done…...

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#6 posted 06-06-2018 04:37 AM


Looks like an uneven finish absorption from some open pores

- Mario

Ditto

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