Q: I had this great idea to recondition my stairs, rather than completely refinish them. I roughed them up enough to remove the old varnish, and applied a dark stain to match the existing woodwork. I did not wipe the excess stain off within the recommended time period. Now, days later, the stain is still very tacky.
I am loosing my hopes of it drying sufficiently for polyurethane to be applied. Any ideas on what I should do?
A: Try rubbing them down with some mineral spirits and a cloth. Try some fine steel wool if you need a big more bite.
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