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I paid someone to sand and refinish my kitchen table. The table is rubbing off stain when wipped with a dry paper towel. I don't trust their ability to fix it so I am trying to fix it myself.

They claimed they used min wax colonial maple stain, and then general finishes poly both oil based.

I am not sure how to fix this especially with stain wipping off. They have had it completed, drying, for a week. I am hoping to not have to strip and start all over as the color is fine I just want to seal it and make it a functional table again.

Thanks for your help

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. I'm not sure we'll be able to figure this out remotely, although a picture would help – Daniel Griscom May 15 at 10:21
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    If stain is wiping off, they didn't poly it. I've not known stain to rub off after a poly is applied – UnhandledExcepSean May 15 at 14:04
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    I agree that there is no sealer or if there was it was not properly applied, possibly a bad batch. – Ed Beal May 15 at 14:32
  • Can I apply poly over the stain even if it's still coming off? – Jim May 16 at 14:18
  • i like acrylic-based because it does not yellow like poly. if it's completely dry, you can go ahead and seal the sucker up with clear acrylic. – dandavis May 16 at 19:23

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