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Forum topic by jimleigh1313 posted 08-13-2018 04:07 PM 416 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jimleigh1313

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08-13-2018 04:07 PM

Good morning.
Just had built-in media cabinets installed in my living room by a furniture builder. He stained and applied polyurethane all in one day on the horizontal “desk” that was part of the build. Two days later, and the finish is still “tacky”/sticky, and the stain rubbed off onto my pants when I leaned against it.

Question is, I am pretty sure he didn’t let the stain dry prior to applying the poly. However, will I be good if I just give it additional time to dry? Seems like if not then moisture may be trapped? Also, should I put any other finish over top just to make sure it is all sealed off? Thanks a ton!


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#1 posted 08-13-2018 04:58 PM

First off, I’d withhold paying him. Then I’d ask him to come back over and show him the problems. I’d say he needs to strip it off and start over. Stain needs time to dry before applying a finish over it. Otherwise the “solvent” in the satin doesn’t have any way to evaporate and you get a sticky mess because the stain solvent is interfering with the curing process of the finish.

If he used an “all-in-one” stain finish then it might need more cure time or he put too much on. One coat doesn’t seem like enough for a desk.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 05:50 PM

A “call back” is in order for sure.

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jimleigh1313

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 06:54 PM

Without going into too much detail, let’s just say extenuating circumstances have warranted a “call back” as out of the question. Are there any options I can work with to correct the issue?

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 07:02 PM

Jim – I PM’d you with some ideas.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 08:29 PM

Get some paint stripper and take everything off and start over.

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