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Old Oct 11th, 07, 1:00 am   #1
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Question Numerar Beech and Behandla - tacky finish

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it has been 4 months now since I treated my new bench tops with Behandla wood treatment oil. I have given it three coats, each time leaving it longer than suggested to get good penetration and then buffing off what was left. I think this approach has caused me a problem - the tops are now tracky. I suspect this is because I have a thick layer of dried preservative sitting on top of the wood. Does anyone know how to remove this, preferably with a solvent? Scraping or sanding may also work. Also, does anyone have any experience with using petroleum jelly as a surface conditioner?
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Re: Numerar Beech and Behandla - tacky finish

Hi Dunc C and Welcome to IKEAFANS!

Humn, I would shy away from solvents, but the light- and I do mean light- sanding might work well. Now that said, maybe you just need to keep going- the following thread mentioned like 10 coats- and do it much lighter each time...

Maintaining Wood Countertops

And here's an article that might be of use.

Butcherblock Counters - Finish Options

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Re: Numerar Beech and Behandla - tacky finish

I do not think you should just keep going. Once you get that tackyness, you've got to get rid of it: it's just sitting on top getting gross. We had the same thing happen to one of our sections with Behandla. Getting it warm helped us rub it off--I'd suggest a blow dryer on low. A few places had to be scratched very gently to get the rest off (use fingernails, plastic spatula--something like that). Sanding was impossible: the tacky stuff clogs the sanding surface very quickly. Afterwards we went back to the lighter layers rubbed down within spec times and the counter was much better!

FYI , recently I tried using a blow dryer to speed my way thru refinishing a "patched" area (I think we got balsamic vinegar on the counter--eek!). I warmed the area, then rubbed in the Behandla, then warmed it more. I wiped it, but there wasn't much to wipe off--it soaked right in. I used a low setting and didn't get anything really hot--just nicely warm.

Every few months you'll want to clean the counter really well (just a little slightly soapy water), let it dry, then add another layer or two of Behandla. It really refreshes that great look!

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