Yesterday I applied a concoction of 3 stains: 2 Varathane and one Zar,
to get the color I needed. My typical procedure is to stain one day,
apply sealer the next.
Well...today I sealed the wood with Enduro, applied their clear pore
filler, sanded that a tiny bit, and then I used my vacuum with the brush
attachment to remove the sanding dust. DAMN! Something was wrong...very
wrong. Little brown puddles began forming on the surface of the wood.
I took off the vac brush and dragged the bare nozzle across the wood;
Yikes! Even more stain was making it's way out of the wood.
I figured it wouldn't be the smartest move on my part to ignore this, so
I sanded off the sanding sealer, most of the stain, and will re-stain
and wait for god knows long this time, before it's sufficiently dry.
I didn't beat flat rate today...but I learned a valuable lesson. <g>
In the future, I'm betting a reliable test to check for PROPERLY dried
stain would be to put the vacuum to the wood.