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African Blackwood - Tacky

Discussion in 'The Charles Neil Finishing Forum' started by Nature Man, Jun 22, 2019.

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    Nature Man Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    I applied a coat of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal to a handle I am making out of ABW. Looks great, but just doesn't completely dry. A bit tacky to the touch. I have used 0000 steel wool to scuff the finish, but it is still tacky. What should I do? Chuck
     
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    Sprung Amateur Sawdust Maker Full Member

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    How long has the finish been drying?

    ABW is a very oily wood - and an oil based finish applied to it can take longer to dry/cure.
     
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    And how thick was finish applied.
     
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    Too late now, but you would have been better off using a base coat of dewaxed shellac. That's always best on oily woods, so good info for next time.
     
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    You can wait and it will eventually dry. I have the same problem with a little Zircote knob I put on a piece and finished with poly, the rest of the piece dired normally, but still waiting for the knob to dry. Or you can sand it off and finish with lacquer....
     
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    If you put wipe on poly on anything too thick you can have drying problems. Wipe on wipe off and normally i have no trouble on any wood.
     
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    Yeah, I use a 1lb cut and it dries quickly
     
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    I’d wipe it all off with mineral spirits and then just buff and wax it... ABW is really nice without any kind of film finish.
     
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    I’ve had good results using naphtha to wipe off while tacky. If you’re familiar with use of CA application for pens, that may be an option for finishing. Would wear well.
     
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    It's been drying for 3 days. Seems like it is drying, but slowly. Chuck
     
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    Not overly thick. Applied with cloth. Chuck
     
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    Thanks! I'll try that next time! Chuck
     
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    I was hoping it would eventually dry. I have plenty of time on this project, so it is really not a big deal. Just concerned with the rate at which it was drying. Chuck
     
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    Thanks! Good suggestion! It sure looked nice sanded down to 600 grit before I applied the finish! Chuck
     
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    I'll give it until tomorrow then I'll wipe down with Naptha if it is still tacky. Chuck
     
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    Could try a heat lamp...
     
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    Sunlight and fresh air will speed cure time as well.
     
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    Thanks. It has been in the garage where it gets up to 85 during the day. Chuck
     
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    Okay. I'll put it outside and see what happens. Haven't done the Naptha routine yet, as I've been otherwise busy. Chuck
     
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    Put the handle outside in the sun, and that did the trick. Finally dried! So I put on yet another coat yesterday. Think I experienced this tacky scenario once before with Bocote if I recall (which caused me to break out in a rash). Chuck
     
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