Thank you for your replies in advance!
I’m needing some advice on finishing. I’ve been working on a large 10′ black walnut slab.
From start to currently where I’m at:
Sanded entire surface down to 150 grit. Wiped down with mineral spirits. Put 2 coats of minwax stain on, wiped with mineral spirits in between coats. Then applied 4 coats total of Minwax wipe on satin poly.
For each coat of the poly my process was: wipe on with foam brush, wait 5-10 mins then wipe down with tack cloth. Waited for it to dry at least 8 hours, on the can it says 2-3 hours. Then sanded using 600 grit and wipe down with tack cloth. Repeated 4 times.
For 5th and final coat I diluted the poly with mineral spirits and wiped on using a tack cloth. I’ve been buffing it out using my orbital sander and the 3M synthetic superfine steel wool substitute.
I’m 2 days past applying the final coat and it still has a slight tackiness to it. When I press my finger it leaves a fingerprint.
The temperature throughout the time I’ve been finishing has fluctuated as has the rain, from 45-70 degrees. I’m thinking this may be it as my shop is a detached garage with no heating/cooling.
I’ve put halogen work lamps near the piece to hopefully add some light and heat overnight.
Am I missing something or do I need to just wait it out?