Stain Won't Dry!!!

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Old 01-13-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Stain Won't Dry!!!

I have just applied three (yes, three) coats of oil based stain on 1000 square feet of freshly sanded oak that's not absorbing it. It's been drying for almost 2 days and it's still tacky. I can't crack a window or door in the room, and I'm at a loss. I have never had this happen before. Anyone? Will it eventually dry? Suggestions?

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Old 01-13-2008, 03:12 AM   #2
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Re: Stain Won't Dry!!!

Maybe you can use some special tools make the floor dry.


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Old 01-13-2008, 07:40 AM   #3
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Re: Stain Won't Dry!!!

Here is your problem. Wood is a porous material, and once you fill those pores up with a stain it will not absorb anymore, hence it just sits on top. 3 coats of stain is a lot. Especially if you brushed it on. I am just taking a guess here but your floor must look blotchey/streaky/cloudy. To fix this i would put some paint thinner on a white buffer polish pad and buff the floor. It will clean up all that heavy stain residue and you go back and dry it with some cotton rags. It wont leave marks and should make your stain coat look even. Good luck
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Rub on, rub off??? Are you trying to coat with it, instead of stain???

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Re: Stain Won't Dry!!!

Actually, the stain applied evenly with a rag, rubbing in, and rubbing off the excess. There's no blotchiness, cloudiness, or uneven distribution. Like I said, I've never had this problem before. I'm going to the job site to check it out now. Thanks for the advice.
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Why three coats? What oil-based stain are you using?


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