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Oops! I made a mistake on the finish?

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I need some advice please. I recently got a batch of sticks done and applied Helmsman's water based spar urethane finish to them. I did about 4-6 coats each but I'm wondering if I left them a long enough drying time in between which was about 4-8 hours before applying the next coat? The reason I ask is that they have been sitting over a week and I can take my finger nail and scratch the surface and it marks!
Will they set, or should I re-sand? Should I be leaving water based urethane 24 hours between coats?
I checked Helmsman's directions and they said a re-ap can be applied after 4 hours.
Any help greatly appreciated.

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What are your weather conditions? If it is cool and wet it can take extra time to dry.

If the finish appears the way you want it to, I'd let them sit for a few days and see what happens, maybe bring them inside and let them sit by a fireplace or air vent where it is dry and warm if you can stand the smell :).
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