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03-10-13, 10:40 AM   #1  
Wood floor

We applied oil based stain more than a week ago on an old wood floor and it is still sticky. Do we remove the excess and if so, how?

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03-10-13, 10:53 AM   #2  
Did something go wrong in following the instructions on the can of stain? Like did it get left on the floor too long and get too tacky to wipe up?

Depending on how sticky the floor is, you might need to mop the floor with paint thinner or scrub it with lacquer thinner and wipe the floor clean. You will need a lot of rags.

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03-10-13, 10:59 AM   #3  
It sounds like you applied the stain but failed to wipe up the excess. Interior stains aren't applied in the same manner as other coatings. If that isn't the case - contact the stain manufacture.

I agree scrubbing the floor with rags wet with thinner is the likely fix. Besides needed lots of rags you will also need a safe place to put the oil rags outside!! Thinner rags can combust and start a fire on their own. The 2 best ways to store the oily rags is either in a metal container with a tight fitting lid or in a bucket of water.

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