Why is the stain and finish rubbing off of my cabienets?

by Averey
I put three coats of stain on each side of the doors and let them sit for up to eight hours in between coats, then after letting them sit for a full 24 hours I put the finish on them. They seemed fine but some of them if you rub your finger on them a little bit of stain will come off on your finger. Did I do something wrong?

  5 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 24, 2018

    Did you strip the cabinet before staining? What kind of stain did you use, and what type of finish..... were both water based or oil based? therefore compatible.

    • Averey Averey on Apr 25, 2018

      yes we sanded them all down and cleaned them. We used a water based one I believe.

  • Alice Alice on Apr 24, 2018

    The paint may be so thick it's going to takea little longer than 24 hours to dry. Be patient. It may take a day or two, depending on the humidity.

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Apr 24, 2018

    I agree with Alice- depending on the humidity- it can take more than 24 hours for paint to dry between layers.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 24, 2018

    Agree with Alice and Missy. Time is an important factor when staining with gel or regular stain. I used a gel stain, and I waited a couple of days before putting the second and third coat on, then a couple more days before the finish.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 25, 2018

    Did you prime them before painting? For some reason sounds like the paint did not adhere well. Go back to the place where you purchased the paint, maybe they could offer some advice. I'm stumped on this one.