I have a finishing problem. I am refinishing a set of chairs that had been previously refinished. After staining with an oil based stain I tried to finish with a water based lacquer something have never had problems with in the past.. The finish became soft and could be scraped off with my finger nai. Thinking it might be a problem with an old stain I redid them with a fresh stain and then left them for a week before trying to put a new finish on although not in all areas. I’ve tried shellac as a barrier but it doesn’t seem to stick. I also did a test with the original stain finishing over it after only half an hour drying to see if it would replicate my original prblem. It seemed to finish fine. I’m thinking there is something remaining from the previous stripping that is attacking the finish. I’ve seen similiar problems and invariably the people will tell me the piece had just been stripped. Am I right and how can I get these chairs done.
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