Minwax Polyshades Disaster- advice needed
Whenever I start a new project, I do my research and often stumble upon this site with great advice.
Unfortunately I did not do great research before starting this kitchen project and now I'm left with a mess!
We have stained cherry cabinets. They are in decent shape (12 years old) but we wanted to stain our island in a dark ebony finish. We are wrapping the 3 sides of the island in bead board and I was planning to stain the cabinet doors and drawers to match. (3 doors and 2 drawers)
I selected Minwax polyshades in ebony.
I stained the bead board boards first, no issues- they were unfinished wood to start.
I removed the doors/drawers and cleaned with a degreaser/liquid sander and did a light sanding over the finish. I removed the gloss and was thorough with this process.
I applied one light coat of the minwax and on 2 of my surfaces it remained tacky in areas after 2 days. It was in my basement, I had air circulating so I don't think that was a problem. The other surfaces dried fine.
So I took mineral spirits over the tacky areas and the stain came right off. I re-cleaned this area, sanded again, let it dry a day and applied another coat. This coat went on worse than the first. It remained tacky and had streaks.
I now realize that this product has a bad rap for a good reason. However, I do not know what I can do at this point other than try to completely strip my doors and drawers.
I again took mineral spirits over the newly applied stain to remove it, but of course there are areas where it is adhering very well.
Any advice short of stripping to bare wood? At this point I perhaps will consider just painting but even then I fear a poor finish since I have different layers of the minwax on.
Thanks for any advice.