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Old 10-26-2007, 10:13 AM   #1
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WinWax woodfinish stain problem


I used 'Minwax Wood Finish' to stain my stairs. The problem is that the finish remains sticky after two days. I figured out what the issue is. If you read the small print on the stain can, it says that you need to wipe out the excess stain after 15 minutes or so, not leave on. Unfortunately I was ignorant and didn't do that. Really thinking about using mineral spirits, but don't want to loose the staining - it came out very nice. Also not sure if it'll make it worse. So question is it better to use a good heater fan to speed up the drying process or use mineral spirits? need access to second floor - wife is ready for a kill

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Old 10-26-2007, 10:35 AM   #2
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Have you apply poly already? if you did this is more complicated...

if not, couldn't you just use a cotton cloth to wipe out now?
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply. Poly was not yet applied. Unfortunately after two days it is sticky now, I'm not able to wipe it with a dry or even moist towel. It is in the state where it not fluid enough to be wiped off without a chemical, but still sticky to have lacquer applied. I am at a loss right now.
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you may better off wait for it completely dry before doing anything.... if you really cannot wait... use a heating fan may not be a bad idea.....

after it completely dry though... may sure you like the color and surface before doing any other thing.... I wonder do you need to sand it a little bit as particle may be deposit on the surface making it not too smooth as I never try not wiping the excess so not sure the effect... though may be you want to wait for an expect to answer here... I only stain my closet once... do have some experience still....

and I totally understand your "wife part"... many similar experience before... I don't know why it is always the "wife" causing so much trouble in a should be quiet home...

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