Hey Helpers! Mr. Rogers always said to look for the helpers in any crisis...so I’m searching diligently for some advice on my recent mini crisis. (Definitely a first world problem)
I have a beautiful ash mantle firmly attached above my fireplace. Flat on top & bottom. Worm tracks/tunnels (this non-technical verbiage reveals my skill set) are on front edge. When it was mounted above the fireplace 2 years ago, 2 coats of Danish oil were rubbed onto this raw wood. Lovely.
Recently, it became dull & rather dried out. We’re too busy with jobs & kids to keep treating it with Danish oil so I sought some advice from a woodworker friend. He advised:
1. Lightly rub with Mineral Spirits on a rag.
2. Put 2 thin coats of Minwax Polycrylic. Satin
I did step 1. Let it dry extensively. Then did 1 coat of the Polycrylic & let it dry overnight. Much to my sad surprise the next morning, there were gray splotches intermittently on the front wormy part . Not on the top or bottom. A gray, hazy film on both ends but densely splotchy on the front, textured part. A pisser. What to do?
I took the Mineral Spirits & once again, rubbed down the front, worm trails surface. Miraculously, it was damp appearing and seemed to clear! Kept my fingers crossed & said a prayer... Nope. Once it dried, the big gray blotches were back.
Google searches have proven unsuccessful & now I’m unsure how to proceed??? Any suggestions?