Unused finish is clumping / drying out

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Forum topic by garberfc posted 03-28-2012 12:04 PM 819 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2012 12:04 PM

I’ve been using Waterlox original finish/sealer for a while now and am happy with the product. My problem is in using the whole quart of product before it goes ‘bad’. At close to $30 a quart it’s expensive. If I can only use half the can, now it’s really expensive :-)

When I start a new can I’ve been pouring all but what I’m using into a airtight ziplock bag. I squeeze out all the air before sealing the bag. On subsequent uses I open the bag for just long enough to pour out the finish I need and reseal the bag again.

Even when doing the above the finish starts clumping after the bag is opened 4 or 5 times. I’m wondering if I should just divide the finish into say four parts when I first open the can if it will help. Am I going down the wrong path here? Is there a better method?

Thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 02:37 PM

This might help
you might consider a non tung oil product.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 07:21 PM

Thanks! I’ll try that…

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 07:23 PM

paint stores sell empty cans so you can divide it into useable portions.

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 10:33 PM

Smaller cans w/ the argon gas sounds like a good idea. I’ve also heard of folks using propane which is even heavier than argon gas. I’m sure it’s less stable, but I don’t work around open flames and wonder if I’d be in danger of a chemical reaction…

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