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Forum topic by Karda posted 04-21-2019 05:41 AM 421 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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04-21-2019 05:41 AM

I don’t use finishes very fast so i would like to store them in something more efficient than the can, also a container that is easy to pour small amounts from. amy suggestions thanks


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#1 posted 04-21-2019 10:39 AM

This short article might save you some time & effort.
https://www.rockler.com/how-to/determine-wood-finish-varnish-oils-expired-extend-dispose/

Don’t know if can find this product in your area but it’s option. I have never used it but lot of folks swear by it.
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/bloxygen

One reason like both NC brushing lacquer(s) is long shelf life after opening same with some poly’s and zinsser’s shelac. Use old jars with lids wife provides me for making my sealers and wipe on finishes, or keep from contaminating can of finish with a brush.

I buy gloss or high gloss finishes like the article say because know how to reduce sheen finishing the finish if feel like it. Store my finishes in unheated/air shop year round. Used to buy pints of finish but hard to find these days.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 04-21-2019 12:16 PM

decant into smaller containers and a squirt of Argon gas.
a good fitting airtight seal and keeping the material out of
the lid is crucial . I have a TIG welder and I was using that as my
argon source but now the welder is far from my painting area,
so for the convenience, I bought two cans of Bloxygen.
Bloxygen ran a promo sale last year with free shipping so if you
are interested in trying the product, keep an eye on their website.

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#3 posted 04-21-2019 01:43 PM

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#4 posted 04-21-2019 01:58 PM

I’ve been using the Stop Loss bags linked above, and so far I’m pretty impressed. You can squeeze the air out (which is a little tricky) and the plastic is such that it doesn’t breathe (the downfall of most plastic storage). They may seem pricey, but not compared to the cost of finishes.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#5 posted 04-21-2019 05:30 PM

any other suggestions, how about alcohol

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#6 posted 04-21-2019 05:35 PM

alcohol ?

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#7 posted 04-21-2019 05:40 PM

denatured alcohol, if I had it JD wouldn’t last long enough to spoil

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#8 posted 04-21-2019 07:06 PM

I keep mine in a small (12oz) liquid dish soap bottle.
along with some mineral spirits and other solvents in other bottles.
you can get a bottle of soap AND the nice bottle for less than a buck.
[just make sure everything is properly labeled and stored accordingly].
I have not noticed any significant loss of product due to evaporation.

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#9 posted 04-21-2019 07:45 PM

thanks John I never thought of soap

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#10 posted 05-10-2019 06:14 AM

one more question, I may have to use 2 smaller containers how can I ensure I get an even mix before I transfer. My experience is that there is always some un mixed finish on the bottom. I am using minwax polycrylic and shellac. Thanks Mike

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#11 posted 05-11-2019 01:35 AM

I have had success emptying the left over contents temporarily into another container, clean out the can to the extent you are able, put the left over contents into a regular “Ziplock” (or similar) bag, seal it (with minimal air space) and put it into the cleaned out can. Sealing the bag with liquid in it can be a little tricky but it works.

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#12 posted 05-11-2019 01:55 PM

Also where you keep it matters. Most finishes last much longer if kept in a refrigerator. Allow to warm before use.

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#13 posted 05-11-2019 03:20 PM

just on my cellar shelf

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#14 posted 05-11-2019 04:56 PM

JD wouldn’t last long,? Neither will anyone that drinks denatured alcohol, because it is often denatured with methanol which is poison, and can cause blindness if it doesn’t kill.

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