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post #1 of 9 Old 06-06-2015, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation ADVICE NEEDED!!!! I spilled citronella on unfinished mesquite!

Okay smart folks! I need help!

Can wood that has been oiled receive a coat of polyurethane afterwards?

I accidentally spilled some citronella oil on a beautiful piece of mesquite which is already sanded and ready for stain/polyurethane.
Is it ruined???? What can we do? Please help!
(It is intended for use on a outdoor covered patio)

My husband is with me!!!!! I have to redeem myself!
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Your biggest problem will be with the stain. I would use a methylene chloride paint and varnish remover on the spot and then sand it again and see what happens. Chances are if you can still see the spot after stripping and sanding the spot won't take the stain or at the least be lighter on that spot. It might be necessary to put oil over the entire area and then strip and sand it again. This will do the same thing as a wood conditioner. It would at least make the color uniform.

If it's going outdoors even if covered I would recommend a marine grade spar varnish. Polyurethane is too hard to deal with the temperature and humidity extremes of being outdoors. The varnish also would be more apt to adhere to wood contaminated with the citronella oil.
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thanks!

Really appreciate your input! Very good news! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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I hope it works for you. It's not actually one of the things I have first hand experience stripping citronella oil off wood. I have had to clean motor oil off wood before.
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What's a citronella??? Never hear of it.

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What's a citronella??? Never hear of it.

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Its the oil from a species of lemongrass plant. People use it in candles and the like to repel mosquitos, even though its completely ineffective

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Actually citronella torches and candles work wonderfully for repelling mosquitoes. Each torch or candle will be effective in a small area (15-20 sq feet) It doesn't kill them it just makes them fly away. As for the citronella on the wood, now that it has been a couple days, it has evaporated! The stain is gone. Mineral spirits and a light sanding have done the trick! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INPUT! Much Appreciated.
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Sometimes though chemicals may appear to be gone but can interfere with the stain or the adhesion of the topcoat you apply over it. Be very thorough with cleaning any chemical off.
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Actually citronella torches and candles work wonderfully for repelling mosquitoes. Each torch or candle will be effective in a small area (15-20 sq feet) It doesn't kill them it just makes them fly away. As for the citronella on the wood, now that it has been a couple days, it has evaporated! The stain is gone. Mineral spirits and a light sanding have done the trick! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INPUT! Much Appreciated.
Citronella evaporates very quickly. As long as the citronella hasnt left any discoloration on the wood, you should be ok. Simply sanding the wood should do the trick.
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