Why is my painted furniture still tacky?

I painted a coffee table recently and the top is still tacky. The original piece was off-white finish. I sanded it, used a primer, then applied 2 coats of white satin paint. I let the first coat dry for more than 24 hours before the second. If I set anything on it, you can feel that slight tackiness when you lift the object up. What can I do to fix this?

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 19, 2017
    Leave it to Cure. Until smell and tackyness has gone.........

  • Dfm Dfm on Oct 19, 2017
    if your bath has a heater in it, and is big enough for the coffee table, try truning on the heat for half an hour.. if you painted in a humid area it can be tacky for a while. the other reason might be that the paint wasn't fully mixed, that too can cause some sticky ness.

  • Carol Carol on Oct 19, 2017
    Thanks, Dfm. I do live in a very humid area (So FL), but the A/C was on the days we painted, and the last 2 days have been breezy & lower H, so the windows & doors are open. The paint was brand new & shaken at the store, and stirred before painting.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Oct 19, 2017
    What kind of paint did you use? If you used house/wall paint, that would be your problem. Its not made for projects like furniture.

  • Carol Carol on Oct 19, 2017
    It is wall paint, and the sales person told me it would be fine to use on the furniture - guess she was wrong! What do I do now?

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Oct 23, 2017
    Rust-Oleum makes a can of paint for a multitude of materials that you can have tinted. Spray paint, or chalk paint. I don't know why it is, but regular wall paint never dries right on furniture. I once bought a side table from a lady I knew, she used a pistachio green wall paint she had left over from a feature wall she did. I had the table 3 years before I redid it, it always had that tacky feel to it

  • Carol Carol on Mar 05, 2018
    A very late follow-up, just to finish the thread. A finish carpenter friend advised us to spray the entire table top with a lacquer. Worked like a charm, and the tabletop is no longer tacky. The spray lacquer wasn't even too smelly.