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    Default Polyurethane smell

    I recently completed a cabinet for our bathroom and I applied numerous coats of polyurethane stain to acheive the desired color. Does anybody know of any tips to help dissipate the smell faster? I am afraid any towels we put in there may end up smelling like polyurethane until the smell goes away. It has been 3 days and it still smells pretty strong. We do have the window open during the day.

    Thanks for any tips!

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    Default Re: Polyurethane smell

    You don't say what brand and type of poly you used, which will make a difference in the cure time. Yes, the odor will dissipate over time, the best thing to do at this point is to keep the window open to ventilate the area. It will probably take a few weeks for a noticeable decline in odor.
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    Default Re: Polyurethane smell

    The initial coat of stain was applied using an Old Masters product, specific color Provincial, and the subsequent coats of Poly stain were applied using a Benjamin Moore product. I am drawing a blank on the specific color of Poly Stain, I just remember it was Benjamin Moore.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Polyurethane smell

    Was this a water based product or oil? Water based products have fewer VOC's than oil based products and take less time, generally, to off-gas. The end result is still the same, however, you'll need to keep the area ventilated until the odor is within acceptable levels.
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    Default Re: Polyurethane smell

    Oil based. Sounds like we will just have to wait it out. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Polyurethane smell

    You're welcome. Sorry not to be of more help.
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