Help - new stain on hardwood floors now bubbling

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Old 10-09-08, 09:26 PM
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Help - new stain on hardwood floors now bubbling

I just put two coats of Varathane oil stain on new unfinished red oak floors and after the second coat, I am now noticing what looks like water drip all over it. I know it can't be water but maybe the oil is coming back out of the wood? Anyone know what is causing this? It is completely destroying my hardwood and now the floors look terrible.
 
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Stain should only be applied in one coat and buffed off. A second coat does nothing. If your using stain like paint, your going to have all kinds of problems. Stain is not finish topcoats. It is a penetrating color.

Resand back to bare wood and start over.
 
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I agree!! Wood stain is formulated to be obsorbed by the wood, not to dry on top of it. With a bit of luck you might be able to scrub the floor with a wet/damp thinner rag, removing some of the excess stain. If that doesn't work you will need to sand it off and start over
 
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Really? On the can and Varathane's website they say you can add more coats to make it darker. After each coat (only 2), I always wiped off the excess. I wiped off the buubles marks and only in certain places it looks really bad. Do you think I can touch it with some stain on a cloth? Or will this make it worse?
 
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You may be able to add stain and get it to look ok. The problem is the solvents in the poly will try to rewet the stain when you apply the poly. This might also happen with your stain rag.
 
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What did you sand the wood with and the sequence, before you applied the stain??? It may not be what we think(what I think happened)

A picture, sure would help.
 
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