sticky urethane on refinished table

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Old 07-31-09, 05:39 AM
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Question sticky urethane on refinished table

I stripped an antique dining table some time ago and then applied urethane, but it never hardened. I have now restripped it but can't find anything that will set up. This table gets regular use so I need a good finish. I am guessing a finish in its past contained an oil but don't know how to proceed. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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Old 07-31-09, 06:04 AM
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After you stripped the table, did you wash the wood according to the stripper directions to nuetralize andremove any stripper residue?

What brand/type of urathane did you use? how many coats?
 
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Thanks for advice. No, I did not wash with water after stripping (QRB non-caustic). It recommended cleaning with mineral spirits but I did not do that either. I then stained with Valspar oil stain, let dry for 24 hours, tried Cabot oil-based polyurethane on a test spot. Still tacky after 24 hours. Should I strip again and clean before re-staining or what? Thanks.
 
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I didn't mean wash with water but the mineral spirits or paint thinner is often required to neutralize the stripper. That was an important step. 2nd, I bet you didn't wipe off the excess stain. Stains are generally applied [spray,brush,rag,etc] let set for a short amount of time and then the excess stain is wiped off with a rag. Most stains aren't forumulated to be brushed on and left - done that way, they can take days to dry and often will be rewetted by the top coat of poly which moves the stain around usually resulting in a mess

You might try taking a wet/damp thinner rag and wiping/scrubbing the wood down with that. That may remove the excess stain allowing the poly to be applied a few hrs later.
 
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Thanks, marksr. I've pretty much decided my failing to apply the mineral spirits was the problem as you suggested and have started over. I'll let you know if it works now.
 
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