Stain is now sticky


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Old 08-25-11, 10:31 AM
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Stain is now sticky

I stained wood shelves. The next day, after the stain dried, the shelves are sticky. I missed to wipe the excess stain with a piece of cloth. I believe the shelves must have been finished/stained before, so they didn't absorb all the stain, but only partially. How do I solve the problem of the sticky shelves? Can the shelves be rescued? I wiped them now with a cloth, but it didn't remove all the extra stain since the stain has dried now, so they're still sticky.
 
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Old 08-25-11, 10:49 AM
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Welcome to the forums Rose!

You basically have 2 choices; you can take a damp thinner rag and wipe the shelves down [that will rewet and remove some of the excess stain] or spray poly or varnish over the damp stain. You can get poly in aerosol cans.
 
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Old 08-25-11, 11:05 AM
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Stain doesn't absorb well except on raw wood and even then the excess should be wiped off.

The options Mark gave you are good, I would go with removing the excess with a little thinner on a rag but that's opinion.
 
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Old 08-25-11, 11:13 AM
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I forgot to add that you shouldn't apply the 1st coat of poly with a brush! Brushing poly over tacky stain will melt the stain and move it around - potential for a big mess
Once the sprayed on poly has dried, the wood can be sanded and brushed as needed.
 
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Old 08-25-11, 03:56 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks all for your tips. It's good to know there are some solutions. I will try first using the thinner to wipe the excess stain. Then I'll see if I'll need to resort to the poly spray. I'm hoping it will work out.

Thanks!
 
 

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