I just completed an oak box and stained it with Minwax dark
walnut. Wiped if off pretty good, I think. The next day, I put on a
coat of Armorall Oil and Urithane Topcoat. Not too thick, but as it
was the first coat, not real dry either. Put on with cloth pad. The
next day, it was still tacky. Wiped down with mineral spirits, and
recoated with juice from a different can of the same stuff. This
morning, the piece was still tacky.
Never had this problem before. Shop temp is 55 degrees, humidity
around 75%. Last night I did a test board, 1/3 gloss finish, 1/3
satin from an old can, and 1/3 from the just opened can. This
morning, all three areas were dry and ready for steel wool and more
Is it possible that the stain didn't "dry" and that is queering the
drying time of the topcoat???
I'm at a loss as to what to do next. SHMBO needs this box finished
by Sunday PM.
Any help will be MOST appreciated! Thanks to all.