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Forum topic by chas posted 02-09-2010 05:09 AM 1055 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-09-2010 05:09 AM

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I opened a can of Behlen salad bowl finish that was maybe two years old. There was this gunk in it. It was like jello. I scooped out the jello stuff. I used the liquid that was left on a wooden spoon. What was the jello stuff? Did this mean the finish was bad? The liquid that was left after I scooped out the jello seemed to work. I’ve read about finish skimming over, but that’s not what this was. What does it mean if a finish is too old? What will happen if I use a old finish? The spoon seemed to turn out okay.

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 05:10 AM

I’d say it’s got to be bad.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 06:40 AM

That jello was one of the key ingredients that allows the finish to dry yet remain in the wood without cracking. Without it the finish will not penetrate nor will it last.

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 05:55 PM

Were there any chunks of pineapple in the jello? If there were, you may have a serious situation on your hands.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 06:39 PM

PaulfromVictor – are you implying that this was only meant to be a “Fruit Salad Bowl Finish” ? ;-)

Seriously, I’m inclined to agree with Jim. My guess would be that you’ve lost some essential element of the product.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 07:50 PM

Bob – That was exactly what I am saying. I think there may be a mold issue. This sounds like a classic jello-mold scenario.

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