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500 sq ft Brand new hardwood floor, put down, Stain was Minwax special walnut stirred well, 2 coats of Satin Minwax Fast Dry Poly, after 5 days called minwax due to top being able to be pushed off stain, Minwax said 30 day cure time, at 30 days still not cured and the house stinks even with recommended fans going all the time. August in Pa, not cold or damp???
Second call to Minwax, They refunded my money and told me to resand the floor, I asked them if there was another product to seal over this one, they couldn't say, but said many people have the same problem. What can I put over this product to try to seal in the smell?

Hey Joe was this an Oak strip floor?...Pine?...I'm assuming unfinished and freshly sanded....sounds like a classic case of the stain applied too heavily, and not allowed to fully dry before the first coat of poly..Minwax stain is very finicky, and many people mistakenly believe they can achieve a dark affect by applying it heavily and it's not the needs to be wiped OFF between coats VERY well, and each coat allowed to dry FULLY before the next. Most flooring guys rush this process, and this and always leads to problems with adhesion and drying. Please post back with more details....but that's what it sounds like to me.

Hey Joe, sorry it ended up that way, but I still stick by my original theory...the stain was not dry enough, or applied too heavily (dark)...and yes, while polyurethanes will dry to the touch rather quickly, they take 30 days or more to fully harden...or cure. Your issue was adhesion to the stain though, and delayed curing because of the didn't say how long you let the stain dry, or your staining schedule...but Minwax stains are notorious for these issues...dry time, and adhesion problems, it's a very common theme. I have been working with stains for over 30 years and I do not use Minwax oil stains...period, and do NOT recommend them, specifically for those issues.
Sorry you felt as though I deserved a "5", but hope you solved the issue anyway.
Regards, Greg


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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects,Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings,wood species recognition,usage,etc.


Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Sold, built, serviced, setup Home,Industrial and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools, and offered instruction on use and care as well.I even have some Trade show Demo experience.

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Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002)-("27 year compilation of expert know-how"),Multiple times in Family Handyman Magazine, local newspapers as well.

Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars by Major tool manufacturers, Delta, Powermatic, Performax, Porter Cable, Skil/Bosch to name a few.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT.(the Antiques capital of CT.)
Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies.For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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