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floor sanded – when applying stain they applied 2 coats without allowing to dry inbetween, now it looks like paint and will not dry – what do we do to remove? can this be fixed??

I am going to assume you are talking about 2 coats of stain, not top coats.

So I would proceed as follows
1st) give whomever the "They" are a swift kick in the a**
2nd) determine, whether the stain is oil base or water base.
(if you can’t, use lacquer thinner, with a respirator and lots of ventilation, should work on either kind the only reason not to do this is the cost of the lacquer thinner)
3rd) if oil, start rubbing with mineral spirits
4th) if water, start cleaning up with warm water and lemon juice mixed in equal parts, with a tiny bit of dish liquid to act as a surfactant (keep in mind if you have to go this route the floor will need re-sanding, water will raise the grain esp on pine species

Oh yeah, you will need ALLOT of rags and the longer you wait, the harder its gonna be. Evidently the "stainers’ did realize that most of applied stain should be wiped off minutes after its applied, waiting 24 hours for the second coat if one is required.

The upside of all this is you may find after you gone through all this, is the floor is stained the shade you desire, because without sanding its gonna be nigh on impossible to remove all the stain from raw wood

6 Responses to “refinishing hardwood floor – help?”

  1. Rudy J Says:

    apply paint stripper, and start all over…..
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  2. Nancy C Says:

    Yes, it can be fixed. You have to sand it again… Then apply one coat only. Or, if you prefer you can skip the stain and apply gloss on top for a natural finish. After 2 days you can apply one more coat.
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  3. Bilbo Says:

    Wipe off as best you can with solvent (white spirit) wait until it does eventually dry and then resand. If you feel the need to stain it, use thin transparent coats, but most prefer the natural colour of hardwood.
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  4. pcbeachrat Says:

    If the stain is a water based stain..do not use spirits,thinners etcetera..use denatured alcohol available at wal mart..home depot..etc…If it was a solvent based stain..stripper is really unecessary and very messy…simply use lacquer thinner..and soak rags and rub it back and forth..change rags often….Lacqer thinner goes alot further…and aklot less expensive…Make sure to use white rags only..for the thinner will make the dye in the rags bleed into the flooring…keep in mind..this is going to be very stout as far as fumes, but so is the stripper..wipe the stain off with the thinner…completely..and it will be smeared like..then go back and rag it off again..after second wash..it should be nice and clean..then rinse well with more thinner and let it dry..it will now accept new stain, and sometimes you get lucky and the first wipe down will get you to a color you may like without doing the second coat..as I say ..do the same with the denatured alcohol if it is a water based stain…Here is what the denatured alcohol looks like..

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  5. kuofu Says:

    how long have u left the finished worked?
    if its longer than 2hrs i think you should do it again
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  6. Jeffrey J Says:

    I am going to assume you are talking about 2 coats of stain, not top coats.

    So I would proceed as follows
    1st) give whomever the "They" are a swift kick in the a**
    2nd) determine, whether the stain is oil base or water base.
    (if you can’t, use lacquer thinner, with a respirator and lots of ventilation, should work on either kind the only reason not to do this is the cost of the lacquer thinner)
    3rd) if oil, start rubbing with mineral spirits
    4th) if water, start cleaning up with warm water and lemon juice mixed in equal parts, with a tiny bit of dish liquid to act as a surfactant (keep in mind if you have to go this route the floor will need re-sanding, water will raise the grain esp on pine species

    Oh yeah, you will need ALLOT of rags and the longer you wait, the harder its gonna be. Evidently the "stainers’ did realize that most of applied stain should be wiped off minutes after its applied, waiting 24 hours for the second coat if one is required.

    The upside of all this is you may find after you gone through all this, is the floor is stained the shade you desire, because without sanding its gonna be nigh on impossible to remove all the stain from raw wood
    References :

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