Hazy / Cloudiness In Poly After Wiping With Damp Cloth

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Forum topic by henningtOU posted 12-11-2018 01:21 PM 347 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2018 01:21 PM

I recently built a farmhouse table using reclaimed wood which was kiln dried. Once properly sanded, I applied two coats of Minwax Provincial Stain (oil based) and then coated with Varathane Ultimate Satin Polyurethane (water based). The product had sat in the store for over a month and when the customer brought it home wiped ti down with a damp cloth and several small hazy marks appeared (see linked pictures below). From reading online it sounds like the stain may not have completely dried before I put the poly on and what I am seeing is moisture under the top layer. A few questions:

1. Do you guys agree that is likely the issue?
2. If not, any thoughts?
3. What can be done to correct it long term short of stripping the poly off completely and re-sealing?
4. If stripping it is the only solution, any recommendations on how to salvage the wood and stain and only have to reseal?

Thanks in advance for your help.!!


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#1 posted 12-11-2018 03:18 PM

I don’t like to mix solvent and water based finishing materials because I have had similar experiences. Before going to the trouble of stripping the wood, I would try using a heat gun to drive off the moisture and restore the clarity. It won’t hurt and might help.

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