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I recently painted over my doors and frames with Minwax oil-based wood stain. It's been 3 weeks and they are all still very sticky when I touch them. I tried wiping, and wiping with a clean dry rag and the color comes off but not the sticky feeling. I also tried wiping with a damp rag and then a clean dry rag with no luck.

What do I need to do to get rid of the stickiness?

  • Wipe it all off with rags soaked with mineral spirits. The color you are left with is the color it would have been had you not over-applied the stain initially. If it is not dark enough then use a darker stain and apply exactly as directed on the can. – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 8 '15 at 16:02
  • It's not clear what product you've used, but stain is not intended to be a finish. Seal it with urethane or varnish. – isherwood Dec 8 '15 at 14:05
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If you were using a combined stain/varnish (likely with the Minwax brand), it was probably outdated. They can expire. Removing it's going to be essentially a matter of stripping the wood bare and starting again.

If you were using a real stain, they normally aren't applied like paint -- they're flooded onto a surface, allowed to sit a bit to soak in, and the excess is then wiped off before the piece is allowed to dry. This provides only color, not protection; a layer of varnish/lacquer/shellac should be applied over stain to seal it.

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Apply another coat of the stain, let it sit for a little while--not long and certainly not until it "dries"--then wipe away all of the excess. The new stain should dissolve the excess, gummy "old" stain and it should all come up clean. Fingers crossed.

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