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Question oil and water don't mix .. now what?

In a nut shell: I had to refinish a few pieces of furniture in a rush, and between the prep (which included cleaning and rinsing with water) and applying the oil based finish I didn't let the wood dry enough.

The result, as you can guess, was a bunch of messy junk. I scrapped/sanded the mess off, tried to heat up my workshop to get the wood to dry faster... and the next test coat I painted was better but still kind of messy.

I have a few days left to produce something decent, and the finish needs to be dark. I was thinking of just wiping down, letting it dry, and then going over the dry but messy finish with a dark wax. I can scrape it all off next week, but I need something usable a decent looking this weekend.

Any suggestions?
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In a nut shell: I had to refinish a few pieces of furniture in a rush, and between the prep (which included cleaning and rinsing with water) and applying the oil based finish I didn't let the wood dry enough.

The result, as you can guess, was a bunch of messy junk. I scrapped/sanded the mess off, tried to heat up my workshop to get the wood to dry faster... and the next test coat I painted was better but still kind of messy.

I have a few days left to produce something decent, and the finish needs to be dark. I was thinking of just wiping down, letting it dry, and then going over the dry but messy finish with a dark wax. I can scrape it all off next week, but I need something usable a decent looking this weekend.


Any suggestions?

OK, calm down, rushing is what got you here in the first place,

So far all i can say is though your using some type of oil finish and possibly an oil stain for darkness there is no mention of what type it is? Varnish/ polyurethane/ other? for future refferece, buy a heat gun or high powered hair dryer [1800 watts or more] so that if you have to dry something quickly, you can do so in a proper way ok?

Next, do you have time to take it back to raw wood again? or are you looking for a way to "save" the unsaveable?

Also forget the wax, put it out of your mind, the trouble it can cause in re-doing is just as bad as cold or water.

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It would be great to save what I can.

I'll have to check the brand of the stain when I get home. I got two with the plan that I'd try both to compare results, one is a Rustoleum wood finish, the other is an Ace Hardware store brand.

I may have to resort to heat lamps or similar to get things to dry with the damp, wet weather we're having these days.

Overall I don't mind if the pieces end up looking a bit streaky or worn. The two other projects I've done so far were 'rustic' due to a lack of tools and skill, .. and came out pretty good looking.
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It would be great to save what I can.

I'll have to check the brand of the stain when I get home. I got two with the plan that I'd try both to compare results, one is a Rustoleum wood finish, the other is an Ace Hardware store brand.

I may have to resort to heat lamps or similar to get things to dry with the damp, wet weather we're having these days.

Overall I don't mind if the pieces end up looking a bit streaky or worn. The two other projects I've done so far were 'rustic' due to a lack of tools and skill, .. and came out pretty good looking.
OK then post a pic of what they look like so i or others can at least give ideas on where to go from here ok?
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