Old 02-03-12, 09:37 AM
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Unhappy notsohandyhank

I should have known better . I have been staining wood for over 40 years but...... I bit off more than I could chew by using a foam brush too apply interior stain on pine shutters . I left stain on too long so of course it was too thick and hasen't dried after two days . I know everyone says I should apply mineral spirits , but can that still work after a few days . Also I live in an apt so I don't want to stink up the whole apt by using mineral spirits . I could live with a little tacky . Will this ever dry ? One crazy idea . My apt is always dusty . I dust every 2-3 days . Will the dust act as a sanding/polishing agent to remove the tacky sheen ?

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Old 02-03-12, 10:04 AM
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It's hard to say when the stain will dry. The biggest issue is the poly rewetting the stain and moving it around with your brush. About the only option other than washing it down with mineral spirits would be to spray a coat of poly over the tacky stain. The poly will dry! You can then lightly sand and brush on the remaining coats of poly. Minwax sells an aerosol can of poly.
Old 02-03-12, 05:09 PM
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How's the color? I think that would drive my choice - if the color's good, I'd spray some poly but if it was a little on the dark side I'd try the mineral spirits wipe.

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