Sorry for making an on-topic post, but I've got a bit of an odd
problem with some danish oil and I'm not sure how to proceed from
The project is hard maple, I sanded to 220 then rubbed in a coat of
Danish oil with 400 grit wet-or-dry. Let it sit for about a half hour
then rubbed off the excess. Two days later I repeated the process. Two
days after that I wiped on (no sanding this time) a fairly heavy coat
with the idea of coming back to wipe it off in the normal half hour.
Some medium disasters broke out and I didn't get back to it until
about 24 hours later. The finish is sticky and rather awful. It won't
wipe off, obviously, and I'm not sure what to do next.
Should I wipe on more oil (maybe with the 400 grit?), expecting it to
soften the existing coat and allow me to wipe it down?
Should I let it dry for a couple more days then sand it down and try
Will paint thinner/laquer thinner/everclear/etc. soften the finish and
allow it to be wiped off?
This is really annoying, since it is a project that has been sitting
unfinished for more than 3 years. I started it just before moving to
Oregon and up until last summer I didn't have a place to work on
stuff. I finally decided over Christmas that I would get it finished
up - and now I've boogered up the finish.
Before the last coat of oil it was looking real good, with nice depth
to the (pretty plain) grain and the color I was looking for. If I can
get it properly wiped down and another coat or so on it I was going to
wipe on a *thin*
coat of shellac to bring up the shine. I've used that
combination before and it really looked good.