02:30PM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 06/21/03
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I wanted to shine up my 20 year old cabinets. I didn't want to go to the trouble to strip the varnish. Someone told me I could sand enough to degloss. So I sanded, cleaned with mineral spirits, and applied a new stain. The stain (after 24 hours) still feels tacky but it won't wipe off even with mineral spirits. Will polyurethane adhere to it and dry without feeling sticky. If not, what should I do to my newly stained cabinets?


03:33PM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
If you wanted to shine up your cabinets you should of did just that reshine them not recolor them,all you needed to do is apply more varnish to it after lightly sanding them,stain is to color on new wood or over existing stain not over sealed wood.
it is staying tacky because the stain is not penetrating anything,the varnish is blocking it from touching the wood.Mineral spirits is probably not enough to rub off,go get lacqueror thinner(not paint thinner)Lacqueror thinner this needs to be done sooner the better I feel if you wait till tomorrow it will be to late to even try to get it off then you will be sanding.So if any stores even w-almart is open go asap and try to wipe it off.
Otherwise if you don't want to sand you could wait for the stain to dry on their you sanded before doing this so it is a plus for you.It could take awhile like said before stain is made to penetrate the wood,when something is stained the stain never dry's like a paint it absorbs into the wood.When a stain is pentrated it won't come off on your hands and people say it's dry,well actually it isn't dry it just soaked into the wood.Ok enough schooling now it won't penetrate so when it dry's (sounds really funny coming from a painter saying dry for a stain)use 180 grit or a 220 grit sand paper lightly scuff it,if it is coming off tacky or chunky you need to wait longer if it sands nicely scuff and then put your varnish on.


03:38PM | 06/22/03
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Yes to answer your question if everything drys and take your time and not try to hurry the process it will adhere and be fine.
Now the lacq thinner will also help the drying process.If you have other wood or cabinets not done youve got to do them exactly as the others for them to match,you can't just put varnish on the undone one's cuz the color will be way off.
If ever any question on something like this always ask or call an expert before doing something without knowing cuz you can end up in a big bind.
Good luck.
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