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Urethane Drying Problems

Normally taking about an hour to dry, urethane can dry improperly under certain adverse environmental, application and product quality conditions. This can leave your wood with bubbles, unevenness and oily residue.

For hardwood floors to look their best, the urethane must dry evenly.

Normally taking about an hour to dry, urethane can dry improperly under certain adverse environmental, application and product quality conditions.  This can leave your wood with bubbles, unevenness and oily residue.

Remedying these problems with mineral oil or sandpaper is simple enough, but avoiding them altogether is even simpler. 


Environment

Factors of temperature and humidity affect urethane drying tremendously.  Urethane dries poorly in high humidity and extreme temperatures.

On each urethane container are recommended heat and humidity ranges that should be adhered to for best results. 


Application

Urethane applied in too thick a coat may not dry completely, producing a sticky, tacky feel to the touch.  Urethane applied over an already oily surface or to perfectly smooth bare wood might not dry well, either.

Using blow dryers or heat guns to accelerate drying time can lead to blotches, uneven patches and bubbles in the finish. 


Product

Old or partly used urethane may not work properly and could result in an uneven and unsightly finish, as can using urethane thinners or neglecting to stir properly before applying the finish. 

About the Author

Based in Maine, Sage Kalmus has written extensively on fitness, nutrition, alternative health, self-improvement and green living for various websites. He also authored the metaphysical fiction book, "Free Will Flux." Kalmus holds a Bachelor of Science from Boston University's College of Communication and is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with special training in Touch-For-Health Kinesiology.

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