We are refinishing the oak floor in a room about 8 x 10 ft and are
finding that the second coat of oil-based stain is not drying. After
about a week there are patches that are still liquid (sticky and
thick, but liquid). Obviously I put it on too heavy, but the question
is how best to handle it now.
If the answer is to wait another week or two, that's definitely an
option. My inclination is to wipe it with a dry cloth, and my wife's
is to use a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. The question is
which is less likely to create patches and streaks. I doubt the
Urethane should go on in this condition - or maybe it can?
The stain is Minwax (golden pecan, for what that's worth), and we'll
be using Minwax-branded Urethane. After the first coat we decided that
we'd like to try for a richer, more uniform colour, so we did the
second coat, and we are very happy with the results, colour-wise. The
first had been drying for a week before we did the second; the floor
had been sanded several *months*
before that. The conditions in the
meantime were very dry, but it has gotten damper since the stain went
on, unfortunately. The room has been at 15-20C (say 60's F)
Any comments will be welcome.