Cloudy Polyurethane finish


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Old 02-03-08, 01:03 PM
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Cloudy Polyurethane finish

Hi Everyone,

I hope someone can help with this. I made a wine cabinet with new poplar, stained it, gave it a primary coat of polyurethane (oil based), and it looked pretty good.

When I thought it had dried, I applied a second coat of polyurethane. When I checked on it about an hour or so later, the finish was cloudy white - not solid, but in patches covering about 60% of the wood surface. Ugh! Sure is ugly.

I've managed to get most of it out by removing the polyurethane, but my question is: what happened? Has anyone had an experience like this, and if so, how can it be avoided. I don't think the humidity was too high, so my guess is that the first coat wasn't dry enough.

Thanks for any help.
 
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Old 02-03-08, 01:17 PM
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that would be my guess too. Dry to the touch doesn't mean it is dry enough to recoat.
 
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Did you sand between coats of poly?
 
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Old 02-04-08, 01:49 AM
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No, Mitch, I surely did not.
 
 

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