Re: ruined finish!!!
If you are talking about the polishing compound residue, try water to remove. It may require a tooth brush to get into the pores. If the poly was not fully cured and the polishing compound is now imbedded in poly and since cured in the pores, you may have to strip it to remove, although I would try sanding first. The polishing compound is made to be water soluble.
I always wait at least three days before trying to polish a poly coat (longer if the temps are cool). It actually takes a week or more to reach full cure, depending on temp. (If you can still smell it when you walk in the room, it is still off-gasing solvent and catalyst fumes, ie still curing, altho the smell could be coming from the interior, if coated, as it dries/cures slower due to less air movement). One of the problems with open-grained wood like oak is that the finish gets down in the pores and then slowly works it way back out. It takes longer to cure as it needs exposure to air (oxygen) to cure and the stuff in the pores isn't getting hardly any until the top layer is fully saturated. If you knock off the top layer polishing, the stuff in the end of the pores is still sticky and grabs teh compound. Then, exposed to air, it cures.
I will cross my fingers hoping the water works.
Last edited by Gofor; 04-06-2008 at 08:55 PM.
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