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,I refinished a dining room table. Citristrip It, wiped with Mineral spirits, dried, applied stain, dried put 1 coat of spar finish5 days ago and it is still sticky! What should I do?

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use wipe on ply a little at a time is far better than 1 heavy coat, runs sags or is not even you will have to start over again. I use 600 grit sanding disk and very lightly clean the nubs off the 1st coat. if you keep putting finish over nubs it will go away and again you are at it again..

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sounds like you put it to heavy, should be a very light coat, you can always ad another coat 48 hrs later to darken it. It will eventually dry after 4-5 weeks and surface will be sticky. Stain is a color not a paint. Get a can low order mineral spirits ,not the one with green label, and start removing the all the stain. if the wood had a finish on it sand a little more aggressively.. If you use steel wool buy a good brand . I would not use #0000 steel wool it is to fine but #0 or or #1.. Did you clean all surfaces thoroughly?

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Give them a light sanding with 280 grit sand paper. Clean well with mineral spirits (anything with water will raise grain and not take stain evenly) Stain cabinets with a gel stain, brush on and wipe off with a rag (check product instructions for how long to leave on before wiping off) If a darker finish is desired apply another coat after first coat is completely dry. Once stain is dry and you have the color you want then you will clear coat with a poly. First coat of poly will need to be a light "tack coat". before it is completely dry apply another coat aprox 30 mins. Let second coat dry completely prob 24-48 hrs. then sand with a 400grit sandpaper. and continue process for at least 4 coats. Dont forget to get desired sheen of poly when you purchase. If brushing on you will prob not want to use a really high gloss (may show brush strokes). Good Luck

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I am removing Formica and refinishing a teak wood yacht table. I got the Formica removed(no easy task) and I am wondering how best to go about refinishing this table. There is a little glue left(this table...


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My wood floors in my living and dining rooms have 4 coats of polyurethane. This was done professionally about 5 yrs. ago. I want to give the floors a facelift by adding another coat of polyurethane. What...


This will dependa litlle on the type of Polyurathane that was originaly put down - single pack or two pack and if you have done any type of upkeep to it in the mean time. Some people like to wax there floors to give them shine and a deadly slip factor, if you have waxed your floor you need to remove this wax before youo go any further. Talk to a local chemical supplier to find a wax remover. If you have not waxed your floor this makes it easy.

Wash the floor with a solvent cleaner that contains no waxs or soaps - I use mineral Turpentine on clean rags.

Sand the floor with a hand sander (orbital, vibrating or belt your choice, I prefer to use a square vibrating sander or 8" Orbital) - you do not need a floor sander unless you want to remove all your PU and get back to bear timber. The process of sanding is designed to rough up the whole top surface so that a new layer of PU will adhear to the old PU. So use about a 80 gritt pad. to fine a sand paper will not give a good key for the new PU and to rouogh a paper may scratch to deep into your floor.
Note: if your original floor was stained you must be very carful not to sand all the way through the PU as the timber underneath will show through as a differant colour.

Dust off the floor with a clean broom to remove the bulk of the dust then use Methalated spirits on clean rags and completly clean the floor. You are now ready to start applying the PU as per the manufacturers specifications.

Other things to note:

1) I always wear socks when cleaning back the floor for the last time as oil from your feet and hands can transfere onto the floor and cause small patches were the PU does not adhere properly.

2) After the reccomended drying time I always insist that my clients wait an additonal 24 - 48 hours to allow the PU to fully harden before they walk on it or move furniture. A lot of the PU manufactures seem to cut down there drying times to make there product more appealing to busy market.

Hope this helps.

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