You said the can was old...maybe years. If it was ever opened, it's likely that it's just gone bad. It may cure, and it may take some time.I didn't do anything to the wood before applying the poly. The plywood is relatively new. I did not thin it.
I should have clarified that the can is not new, it has definitely been sitting around for quite a while, possibly years. I guess that would make a big difference?
Anyone have any recs on what works well for them in terms of poly for projects? Both the manufacturer, type and applying it? I see these projects on youtube and guys saying "all I did was wipe on some poly" and it looks great whereas mine do not.
Yep, if it had been opened (unopened oil base finishes keep a very long time) it may be bad. You can wait and see, or try to remove it all and start over. If by chance that can was never opened, there's something else amiss.You said the can was old...maybe years. If it was ever opened, it's likely that it's just gone bad. It may cure, and it may take some time.
What did you use minwax fast drying if so you need to wait until it is not tacky then use the steel wool on it but i would do it lightlyWiped some poly onto some 1/2" oak ply and after drying find it to be sticky and tacky. Should I be knocking it back a bit with some steel wool to resolve that?