Refinishing Oak Staircase

Old 09-25-06, 12:23 PM
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Refinishing Oak Staircase

I am in the process of refinishing an Oak staircase, after removing capret. The wood has been prepared and I applied one coat of Goudey stain. The directions say to wait at least 4 hours before applying another coat, which I did. I applied the second coat but it is not drying properly. Now, because we had to use the stairs, there are sock prints in the stain. Is there a way to remove them without redoing all the stairs?
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It's rarely a good idea to apply more than 1 coat of stain. You should wipe the excess stain off of the wood before it dries. After the stain dries, polyurathane should be applied.

Depending on how bad the oak looks with the foot prints, you may be able to lightly sand and touch up the stain. If not a thinner rag may wash off the excess stain - this must be done carefully or you will wind up with both dark and light stain.

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