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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 08-16-2015 01:35 PM 650 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2015 01:35 PM

Two months ago I finished staining my deck.

I was using:

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat
Premium Exterior Stain
Classic Oil Finish
Deck & Siding

Last week I wanted to do some touch up staining on a small piece of the deck, not even larger than a square foot and on the side of the deck (not on top of the deck). So I opened my can of stain. When I finished staining my deck in June I had a little under a quarter of the can left. But when I opened the can the stain was now dry. Is there a way to revive this stain since I only need a very small amount? Should I add a little paint thinner? Or is there a better way?

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 01:40 PM

Don’t bother. most can’t be revived and if they can it’s usually easier just to get a pint of quart.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 08-16-2015 02:36 PM

Bruce is probably right. But if you really just need a small amount, I don’t see any harm in adding a little mineral spirits, letting it sit for a while, and see if you can end up with anything usable. Just try it on a scrap or non-visible area first.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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