Ok here's the deal. I stained and poly'd the floor with 1 coat. I tried a floor buffer to sand after the first poly layer. Mistake.. the buffer was too strong. In a couple areas the buffer started to show bare floor in some of the grain. So I rubbed some stain back on top of the affected areas just now. I then rubbed the stain off with a rag.
- Before I poly again for the 2nd coat, should I rub mineral spirits over the area to clean the excess stain on wherever it overlapped the first coat of poly?
- I'm running a fan on the re-stained area now so it dries quicker. How long should I give it?
- If I rub mineral spirits to remove the stain on the poly, will it dilute the part that I want in the wood?
It doesn't seem like mineral spirits could raise the stain back out of the wood grain where it just penetrated again, but this has been such a cursed project so I had to ask.
- Should I just leave whatever stain residue is in place on the first poly coat and rely on the 2nd poly coat to cover it?