abrasive wool lubricated with soapy water. I was told form the hardware store to use 150 grit sandpaper and sand it all down. Variance in sheen is most often caused by uneven film thickness. It is so hard with all the thick one inch slats. finish. When I stained one side that had just stain on it, I let dry 24 hours and I touched it (seemed dried) but I had noticed on my brush that some of the stain was on it. It appears worse with each coat. I should have use satin. Do you know if there is such a product or can you recommend another product that would be at least as good for an outdoor wood floor that would be subject to minimal rain this summer, and, then, dry but subject to temperature changes? Good luck with your project! This is because the oils from the wood and the oil finishes blend and stop the finishes from drying all together. kids did great job in making a pong table out of beer bottle tops 1st coat of poly dried fine second coat is still tacky after several days please give a suggestion of how we can save the table. I’m starting to see why everyone is painting this beautiful wood instead of refinishing it. The floor looks like he stopped using the roller then started to use the sprayer. Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane is a clear, oil-based, durable protective finish. When it rains it gets white spots all over the table and then when it dries they disappear. The coat below is not dry including stains. I sanded down to the bare wood stained and waited the full time if not longer to put the polyurethane down. Why is this happening? Danny, I mean, absolutely dull. I did and it created a bubble in a hole and it got into the stain. I read that water based with NO modified oil. flat, horizontal top does. This will leave a visible ghost line where the top layer I even added it to a small portion of the first part of the floor that had turned out so well. What did I do wrong & how can I correct it? Thanks for your help. Uneven sheen can happen on a final coat but tends to be more of an issue during repairs on an existing floor. makig a cedar wood table. Cleaning producte,strong cooking odours,smoke from fireplaces all bother my wife. was sanded through. You can apply a clear polyurethane … Any suggestions? They also said it could get worse with age, not better. buff out to more than a satin sheen, let it sit for another If it eventually will darken without stain and catch up to the floor I am okay with that. Pore filler. oil-based polyurethane. Do we have to sand it off or strip it? there are more and more factory changed to PU coating rather than those old NC systems due to the durabilities to the surface. My husband wants to dillute a drying agent and brush it over the top but I am don’t want to do anything that will make it worse. Sheen is a matter of personal preference. pumice stone, 1 lb., #849-832; Rottenstone, 1 lb. I’m afraid to sand it because I may sand into the stain and I’ll never be able to match it. Will this disappear as the finish cures or do I sand back more aggressively and apply another coat? I am refinishing an end table. Hi Julie, steel particles that leave a mess and give the user oil base i believe. The brush package said “Good for Polyurathane…” I’m not sure about that now. Instead, rub molded edges with I applied Minwax Polyurethane clear semi gloss fast drying spray to a new table and chair set that I bought, its light oak, and it left white streaks on it. I’ve applied a coat of penetrating stain, a coat of poly, sanded with 220 sandpaper & put another coat of poly on top of that. edges, table legs and other 12. I peeled it away then sanded, restained and re=applied polyurethane. centers and hardware stores. equivalent) synthetic abrasive pads (Photo 4). Downstairs after sanding properly and using wood bleach to eliminate improperly stained areas (from the past due to a moronic tenant who left stain on too long) and rinsing with water and mineral spirits, initial application of poly seemed to darken some areas again, left a pink tinge in some areas and peeled in other areas. Just stained over old stain on kitchen cabinets. My contractor used the sprayer and roller. I am refinishing a wood front door. It dries too fast for brushing, and it doesn’t self-level when rolling with one of those small rollers, so you’re either left with a finish with drag marks and uneven sheen from brushing, or a bumpy finish from rolling. Is this normal with satin polyurethanes? we have spent so much money on these doors and a lot of time has been put into them this has me very upset. Suggestions? Thank you any help is appreciated. Using an old or partially used can of finish. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. paraffin oil as a lubricant for the abrasive wool (Photo 6). Floors which have a white haze: This happens for a couple of reasons. between coats, depending on how smooth the coat wow. I used Min wax high build polyurethane (semi-gloss). I applied Minwax polyacrylic to a table top. 6. surface is really a mess). 11. To bring up the sheen even more, use soapy water or I recently just applied the second coat of polyurethane to a table top, but when you tried to sand it, it just looks like it scratched the surface and left a whitish residue that won’t go away, any idea how to get rid of this? Take care, and good luck! Even slight temp changes spread and tightened the grain so radically that it would squeeze the oil-based stain up through the polyurethane semi-gloss finish, or even bubble poly layers away from the wood surface. Here are some possible reasons for the problem: If you have followed these guidelines, the problem may be with the finish itself. Learn how and when to use each. Keep firm pressure on the rag, and sprinkle more of Do you have any suggestions to remove these pressure lines in the surface of the finish. Hi , I used Zars poly. Dull spots in polyurethane floors usually indicate that the finish was not applied carefully, the applicator had a dry spot on it, or the finish was thinned out with a solvent such as mineral spirits. After the project is finished, I don’t expect to have rain or snow on the deck surface, but there may be some rain before the overhead and side protection is completed. Mike, For furniture mfg. Polyurethane is a tough, high-quality finish, I used Zar exterior water based poly on an outdoor table. A. matter how clean your finishing area or how good your brushing Choosing the best polyurethane applicator has been an indispensable step in getting beautiful, shiny hardwood floors. Hi, Another words the air inside needs to be exchanged with the air inside. the finish smooth and flat. Polyurethane provides a hard-shell coating that will prolong the beauty of your finished wood for years to come. marks. rubbing through the top layer of finish. It is very confusing. We applied about 6 coats of polyurethane and started to sand the top coat, and a white film appeared where we had sanded and will not wipe off. Thank in advance for any help you can offer! Re-coating: when re-coating It Can Not be done in spots even if using the same finish. If they aren’t coated in that time – the oil from the wood will penetrate back to the top of the freshly sanded wood and cause waterbase finishes to peel; while oil base finishes on them will take much longer to dry. A: Possible causes: finish not stirred well enough to disperse the flattener. A light buffing with steel wool quite simple—rub out the finish with fine sandpaper and synthetic I polyurethane all my cupboards, doors and woodwork and know they are are turning white in spots. steel wool. I am desperate. Do you know how we can get rid of these spots without replacing the floor? A finish that has not cured will not be It dried all hazy and white. Do I have to take all the old off? Short strokes make it easier to control I stained it with miniwax ebony let it dry the nextday I sprayed it with polyurthane and let dry for 2 hrs went to add a second coat and saw only in the front part was turning white. I’d like the final product to be extremely hard so the finish can withstand dings and scratches…What would you recommend for the hardest possible finish? I have a question, my moms tile in her kitchen is starting ti come up, it was preglued tiles,the floor underneath it is perfectly good congoleum, so we were thinking of removeing the top flooring, once we remove the top flooring we will need to use something that will remove any glue that might be on the top of the congoleum from the tiles being removed.what do you recomend to use for cleaning any glue,and also safe and will not harm the congoleum? Similar to Debbie from June of 2010, our stain on oak doors looked perfect and they dried for a week before we started to finish them with Minwax quick-drying polyurethane. The risk of This story originally appeared in American Woodworker September 2006, issue #123. Using finer and finer abrasives brings the sheen closer to a vertical surfaces. Is Helmans polyurethane with UV protection a good choice for refinish product??? I have four boards that I did this to what can I do to fix it and not go into the stain. I then applied a coat of polyurethane. As long as you have a couple of coats on the … stores and at woodworking suppliers. I applied a light coat of Minwax clear satin PU. 2. polyurethane does not melt into itself the way shellac or Lay Wet-dry silicon-carbide paper balls I have kept the overhead covered since the deck flooring was constructed. All rights reserved. can don’t say anything about it—leaving you to assume a less-thanperfect successful rubout. I am very new at this so I would love some directions. Because clear urethane products have very low viscosity, some of the flatting paste tends to settle to the bottom of the can. Now my dresser has a milky sheen almost like water spots. What causes this? its too shiny! I got a can of water based urethane, but I realize that the old can was oil based. 5. Thanks. The finish is glossy rather than satin. lacquer do. i have recently redid my hardwood floors and have used the min wax high build polyurethane. Start with finest-grade (4F) pumice lubricated with Hi Helen, If the gloss is still uneven, try sanding it lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and applying another coat of finish. I’m well into my project. Use a fresh can of the same finish from a different store in case the batch in question was bad. For a semi-gloss sheen, continue rubbing with fine synthetic Applying the finish outside the recommended temperature and humidity range. thank you for your time! The Problem: A few dust nibs, broken brush bristles and I sanded, primed, and painted with latex paint. With these finer The new panels are butting up to the older ones and we are using the sames oil based polyurethane on them. 6. This age-old two-step technique is commonly used on Is minwax polyurethane fast drying (spray on) clear satin flammable when it’s dry? I wipe it off and within 8 to 10 hours it’s back. If the gloss is still uneven, try sanding it lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and applying another coat of finish. It seems completely counterintuitive, but to make a finish Hey Danny, I’m installing two new solid core doors in my daughters business. Can you suggest a better product??? Watch this video to find out how to add diamond-shaped, mosaic tile accents when installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen. Question 2. My mother-in-law (bless her soul) lives with us so I thought I would top coat the new floor to seal the cracks since she often spills her food and drink due to dementia and Parkinsons. on my fingers when I run them over the wood. It is immaculate but hard to keep clean looking. 4. We installed a wood ceiling 12 years ago, we sanded, pretreated,stained & polyureathened before installing, it now is showing some white streaks, not sure why or what to do to get rid of the white streaks. the color of the wood before applying the topcoats. Once dry, sand the piece and try finishing it again (use a new can of finish and new brush in case silicone residue has gotten on the old brush or in the old can of finish). Bill. The result will be an uneven sheen. Sounds like moisture might have become trapped in the finish due to high humidity, or the polyurethane itself was defective. We tried sanding it down again and then started scraping the film with a razor and some of it is coming up easily showing the original tabletop, but some is very difficult to get up. i have stripped and sealed the floor and it will need doing again. manage to sneak into the final coat (Photo 1). Before applying finish on any project, test different Do I stain the wood, if so with what. Provides long-lasting beauty and protection to any interior wood surface. These can be removed by knocking them off – vacuum the area – lightly sand and then re-coat. If the finish is still wet, just wait -- the milkiness should disappear. I’ve placed down another layer of polyurethane hoping it’ll “even” itself out but doubt the problem will resolve itself by the third or fourth coat. Hi Dan, However the polyurethane is pealing and chiping. just sanded a very old oak floor while it was bare wood looked great no stain in site . I’m using 2 rotary cut birch doors. Is there anything or another brand that would work better? 4. Traditional steel wool is to the sheen of the top. Can you suggest a better way to fix this? The cabinets have a narrow oak frame with veneer beadboard inserts. I sanded in between used minwax poly gloss …well they turned out great, except couple of the doors have particules of dirt and some hair, but it’s already dried. I have a small study that has wood panels on the wall and was probably put up when the house was built in 1961 (probably pine) They have either been stained cherry, or they have just discolored over time – but I liked the color so I merely cleaned them and then applied polyurethane over them. Use special care in these areas to avoid sanding through the finish begins to come to life, taking on an attractive, flat Polyurethane should cure for two weeks to a month after the last coat is applied. I sprayed and let dry..only to find that the end table is turning yellow! I made and a candle holder and I’m just curious of what I should put on it to get that glass like finish. in any direction until your arms hurt and the finish Click any image to view a larger version. What did I do wrong. even, satiny sheen, and then rub a little more. We want to stain them. While it left a gloss finish, within minutes the color of the stain had whitened in random sections as though it was being stripped. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the tuff part up without scraping the table? I have sanded my paneling and brushed on Minwax satin finish fast drying polyurethane. The last coat you applied dried to quickly and has trapped gases below the surface. Can I put the water based over the oil based? Satin polyurethane has a low to medium sheen that helps conceal dirt and scratches, making it popular for flooring. I polyed my oak floors after staining them. I then went to the store and bought a new can hoping that adding a new coat could help. Let the finish fully cure! will clean the occasional dust nib on vertical surfaces. Will it have shiny spots? Humidity, temperature changes, species of wood and coarseness of the grain… even the manner in which it was kiln-dried can have a devastating effect on your attempts to get the finish just right. A lite sanding with a 240 grit sand paper padded with a 3M maroon pad will help break open the surface. I refinished my wood dresser. I had read that the reason was because the humidity was too high and moisture had gotten into/on either the furniture or the poly that I was applying. The result will be an uneven sheen. tabletops for more durability, depth and protection. I applied a sanding sealer and sanded the sealer after drying. in order to do this my dad had to build the mantle out to accommodate the insert. I used a water base product. the guy that put it down did a really bad job, the edges are ruff and have lots of stuff stuck under the seal, there is roller marks across the whole floor, bubbles have come up and broken open and look like shooting stars all over the floor. See my reply to Nancy in the comments above. Again I do not remember if I used water or oil base poly but it was a large new can. I just installed a red oak wood floor and put 4 coats of poly on it. I would like the coating to be clear-gloss if possible. 7. Used mineral spirits to remove smudges, buy they are right back with the slightest touch. The table looks cloudy. Subscribe ». Applying polyurethane in even coats is a crucial, though not always simple task. Thanks. Any thoughts are appreciated. Hi Nancy, equivalent) to bring the finish to a satin sheen. The higher the sheen, the greater the protection but with polyurethane you may be splitting hairs. wood. the block. Floor looked uniform. After sprinkling bRANDT MAPLE DINING TABLE, BOUGHT IN 1963 HAD HEAVY POLYURATHANE FINISHED TOP. Could polycrylic be good for stain as well? Note – it has been raining and 60 degrees. technique, a few bubbles, dust particles and streaky spots always When spot fixing the finish is never put on at the correct rate…too heavy or to light and you will see the spot anyways. The new stuff is also water based. How do I remove these spots? There was a drip mark, sanded it but needed to recoat base paint before putting poly back on that spot. My issue now is after I placed down the first layer of polyurethane it seems to bond to the wood unevenly. Most clear finishes are available in gloss, semi-gloss and satin sheens. Fine synthetic wool After the first coat, I used 220 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface as recommended. I should tell you that it is a new can of pu and today was a pretty humid day. 1F (coarse) to 4F (fine). Danny, Is there a reason why this spot looks lighter? good luck at auto-body supply stores and mail-order We finished our oak cupboard doors with Minwax Polycrylic. Also, it is critical; that the varnish be thoroughly stirred from the bottom of the can, as the lower sheens have chemical additives which control the sheen. Like paint, polyurethane comes in sheens, most commonly satin, semi-gloss and gloss. should cure for two weeks to a month after the last coat is Thank. ... Then, apply a third coat, and rub out the finish to the desired sheen. I purchased an antique fireplace mantel with round columns and an oval beveled mirror on top. Semi-gloss polyurethane dries to a sheen that is between gloss and flat. How do i get rid of bubbles that have formed? Apply consistent, light pressure as you sand. He is not telling me what he did. Oilfree abrasive wool, fine (000 to 0000 equivalent), my questions is How to make the PU top coat drying as fast as NC systems ? Using a can of finish that has been subjected to extreme temperatures. Sandblaster 400-grit stearated aluminum oxide paper. However every brand that I look at that is waterbased has modified Oil. Then experiment on them to get a feel for For a glossier finish, top off the film finish by buffing on a coat of wax. It typically happens in the pu stage, the last door it happened to I put one layer of pu on, looked beautiful but the next morning my husband went to apply the second layer and within minutes he saw it turning whitish. when we rolled our refrigerator back over the floor using heavy cardboard on the floor so we didn’t scratch the surface. applied. Marie. We may receive a commission from sales referred by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality. I tried polyurethane and seems like it takes off the acrylic. Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. finish must be your own fault. rub out. 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