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Wood stain
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DCM    Posted 02-13-2005 at 20:14:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Laid some Minwax red oak stain over 24 hrs ago on a small wood project. Still wet,Says on the can it takes 8 hrs. to dry. Have the wood in a warm dry place.Why might it be taking so long to dry? Dan in AB

hay    Posted 02-14-2005 at 05:31:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
i usually make and use my own wood stain, but i found that using a sanding sealer before staining increases even stain penetration and drying time. of course a lot has to do with the brand of stain, type of wood, cleanleness of wood surface, and temperature. Minwax is a good brand and i have used it in the past with excellant results. make sure there is NO grease or sanding residue on the surface before staining. that is the most common problems i have found. sometimes i add some drier to store bought stain (when i use it) and it helps dry the stain faster. finished ranting now.

oslo in NC    Posted 02-13-2005 at 23:22:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
DCM; Two things could be your problem. 1. Your sandpaper was too fine and you didn't tack the wood. 2. You actually put too much stain on and all that soaked in did and the rest floated. When you wiped off the excess, did you get the color desired???? If so then buff with a clean cloth and tack again. It would be best to take your piece of wood with you and have the clerk look at it. hth

ret    Posted 02-14-2005 at 03:51:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
some of the mini wax products are a complete package, stain and topcoat all in one. Will help if we know what he was using

oslo again    Posted 02-14-2005 at 00:02:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
DCM; One other thing to ask. Is there a possiblity that a sealer of some kind may have been applied by you or someone else?

Peanut    Posted 02-13-2005 at 21:23:19       [Reply]  [No Email]

The other folks are right on the money. How did you stain it? I have found that a well saned surface takes a soft rag to apply stain evenly.

Now the stain I am talking about is wood stain only. Not a poly treatment for the gloss.

I wipe on stain with a rag and wipe off any excess within minutes. Your goal is to get color into the top layers of the wood grain. That is it. The rest is a sealant to protect it.

What is the exact Minwax product? Those are typically good products.

Burrhead    Posted 02-13-2005 at 20:20:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
the only time I've had that trouble is when I did'nt wipe off the excess.

I did see a warning on some veneer solid core that said to be sure and sand off the sealer before you put stain on.

DCM    Posted 02-13-2005 at 20:31:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well that's just it. It was sanded well but all I can add BH is that it is a hardwood. Dan

gran    Posted 02-13-2005 at 20:38:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
How did you put the stain on? I hope you used a soft rag to coat the wood just enough to color it,then wipe again. Have stained a lot of things, love to take old things and make them look like new.

Burrhead    Posted 02-13-2005 at 20:35:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
beats me too. I'm going over to the minwax site and diynetwork and see what they say.

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