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Thread: How long for a stain to dry?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    New Jersey

    How long for a stain to dry?

    Yesterday I stained some pine with Minwax oil based stain, I did not wipe it off since the color,as applied, was what I wanted. It has been about 20 hours & many spots are still tacky, it has been very humid here with some rain
    (I'm doing the work in my garage shop).
    My questions are:
    Did I make a mistake in not wiping it off? (looks like it)
    Should I just wait a little longer?
    Should I wipe it down with some rags dipped in paint thinner?
    Any suggestions?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Stockport, England
    I'm not familiar with the particular stain you're using, but all stains I've used need to wiped off to avoid blotches and to bring out the grain of the wood.

    I would simply apply more stain and wipe it to an even finish. Any half-dried patches will be dissolved by the new application of stain. Repeat until the colour is dark enough.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    duncan hit it on the nose...
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    Sometimes if you use a coat of shellac first it will help match the color better. I also agree with Duncan, wipe off all extra after a few minutes.

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