Wood floor finish won't dry

Old 05-22-04, 01:53 PM
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Wood floor finish won't dry

hi, we hired a handyman to sand to refinish our Dade County pine floors, a type of heart pine. he used three coats of oil-based poly, but it's been a week and a half and they are still not dry. the floors are sticky and oily to the touch. we live in a very humid environment. the handyman won't help us (expensive lesson learned about more thorough reference checking), and mineral spirits won't budge the sticky finish.

any tips? we'll be having extensive renovations done on the house, so it's possible we'll be refinishing again in a couple of years anyway (just needed to get rid of disgusting carpeting that was over the floors). is there any simple fix we can live with for a couple of years so we're not walking over an oil slick? thanks!
Old 05-23-04, 07:20 PM
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Dade county Miami? If so I know how humid it can get I went to Norland High. Anyway it sounds the humidity is slowing the drying process and if he added coats quickly without letting them dry between it only makes it worse. I would suggest getting some powerful exhaust fans and opening all windows and doors and letting them run for the day and see how it comes out. Good luck.
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It sounds as if the coats were applied too thickly or not allowed to dry or both. In any event, the surface film has dried somewhat, trapping the undried finish beneath. It is unlikely that this will ever dry. It seems that the solution will lie in having the finish removed to the first coat so that it can dry. Then start the process of coating and drying from there.

It may be possible to sand off some of the finish to get back to the first coat. This would be a gummy, messy job.

Once the polyurethane has started to oxidize or cure, mineral spirits will not break down the finish. It will thin or dilute the material as it comes from the can, but won't dissolve the cured material.

It may be worthwhile to call a floor refinishing company and have someone take a look at the job, so you can get another opinion. Solving a problem in a process gone bad is always more expensive than the original work would have been.

Hope this helps.

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