I stained my porch & it is still "tacky" after a week. What can I do?

I only used one coat of Cabot Gold which was highly recommended. The porch is screened and covered so it gets little sun or breeze. I've been keeping the two ceiling fans on. It looks fabulous but it just won't dry. Is there anything I can do?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 22, 2016
    If the stain was applied in humidity it will take a lot longer to dry.Maybe use additional fans.
  • William William on Sep 22, 2016
    When ever I prep a deck for restaining, I clean it with a mixture of TSP, bleach and water. I apply the mixture, scrub it with a stiff broom and rinse it well with water or a power washer. Let it dry well, then apply stain. The cleaning solution helps remove the dirt, grime, spills, etc. Pretty basic stuff, I admit. As far as why your stain doesn't want to dry. There may be several reasons for this. First thing that comes to mind is that the stain may have not been mixed well before application. The solvents and drying agents can separate from the oils and pigments in stain. The oil tends to stay at the top of the can, and the oil won't dry well without the solvents mixed in. Another reason may be other sealers, grease or spills that have sealed the skin of the wood, not allowing the stain to penetrate. Sometimes, one can get a little carried away and apply way too much product. This will saturate the wood and the access will sit on the top of the surface. If after a couple weeks of good drying weather, you still have sticky or tacky spots, I'd be tempted to remove this excess with a cloth wetted with mineral spirits. This should thin the sticky stain, remove some and distribute it to help it dry.
  • K K on Sep 23, 2016
    We just used a clear sealer on humid day and it had taken a while to dry. Hard to find days in the South when it is not humid. It took ours almost 3 week.
  • Shyrell Lynn Spicer Shyrell Lynn Spicer on Sep 23, 2016
    I agree with Janet. Extra fans or a good shop fan for a few days. Because the porch is screened and covered it would take longer to dry anyway, but add in the extra humidity, then you can almost guarantee a longer dry time.
  • Sometime you have to sand it again, and start over...
  • Mwm10810197 Mwm10810197 on Sep 24, 2016
    Who Recommended Cabot Gold?