OMG are you kidding me.... Oil based stain screw up

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Forum topic by DNo posted 07-23-2021 02:29 PM 337 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2021 02:29 PM

Hey all,

I just finished Stripping a round farm style pine tabletop for my friend, got her all sanded nicely, They wanted a walnut finish on it, so I used a oil based minwax. Color came out exactly how they wanted it. however a few areas are a bit tacky along the edges…

Main Issue: I moved the table off of my sawhorses and onto my workbench so that it was higher up and hopefully a better spot to apply the top coat… General Finishes ArmRSeal Satin… So I grab what I thought was a fresh clean towel to just shoe off some dust,,, I should’ve known better and used my compressor.. But I didnt !!! and that towel had find sanding dusts on it from my final sanding B4 tack cloth…. So now I have areas on my newly stained top, that have fine sawdust embedded into the grain in areas…

I’m sure this has happened many times to others….. But can someone direct me as to the best way to clean this off? was thinking spirits or naptha or something…
also what about the areas that are still a lil bit tacky after 14 hrs of drying with good circulation.

I’m NO Finisher by any means and friend knows this, but the table had a lot of history from their kids homework telegraphing into the wood, and years of tears from homework.:) and wanted to bring it back.

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#2 posted 07-24-2021 07:00 PM

The presence of “tacky” spots indicates to me that the some of the previous finish was not removed completely and the new stain is setting on top instead of soaking in.

If it were mine I would clean those spots with a solvent (probably mineral spirits) until it wasn’t tacky any more. Then re-sand those areas and test to see if the stain soaks in. Now you have the challenge of trying to stain those areas and make it match and blend with the rest of the top. Too Luck.
If that doesn’t work you start over on the whole top.

-- Les B, Oregon

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