I don't know... But this stain don't look right....

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Forum topic by AngieO posted 01-03-2014 11:05 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2014 11:05 PM

Getting ready to stain a project. Brand new cannot Rustoleum Early American stain. When I opened it I thought it looked a little light. Then I went to stir and found crud all settled to the bottom. Of course it was the last can in this color.

Does this need to just be mixed well??? Or is it old and needs to be taken back?

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 11:08 PM

That’s disgusting looking, but I think you just need to stir it for a long while until all that gunk (I think that’s where all the flavor is!) dissolves back into the liquid.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 11:12 PM

Stirring should work. Most stains settle. They should be stirred frequently. My thought is that if it settled that much, it set on the shelf for a really long time.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 11:16 PM

I have some oak stain that looked like that. Had to stir it for about 20 minutes before it was the color on the can and all the gunk disolved.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 11:21 PM

That’s pretty much what stain looks like because of all the pigment settle to the bottom ,it’s a lot different than dye.
Just stir it up and do a test piece of scrap wood first and see how it dries .

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 11:23 PM

High-solid stains will look like that after awhile. Just stir it well and you should be fine.
My experience with Rodda, Varathane, and Cabot has been the same.
I actually like high-solid stains (as opposed to high-dye stains like Minwax) because they impart an even tone to the wood without obscuring the grain. They also help to blend boards together so the whole project looks unified.

Good luck with the finishing.

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 12:33 AM

Just like everybody else says, just stir it alot, and should be fine. One trick that I do, is store my stain cans upside down. Makes it a bit easier for stiring the solids back into the mix. Hope this helps

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 01:29 AM

Be sure to use the conditioner to reduce blotching, Test it first!

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 01:47 AM

How about putting the lid back on and shaking it really good?

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 03:40 AM

Try just taking it back to the store and having them do a professional shake job on it. I usually have the store shake whatever I buy right when I get it. It may well be months before I use the rest of the can, but at least the current project will have it mixed right.

Then again, maybe it’s time to make a home-made paint/stain shaker…

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 03:42 AM

Man… That was a horrible pic. Couldn’t tell from the phone. But you got the idea.

So… This was just bought at lowes day before yesterday. I stirred….stirred… And stirred. Then I let it sit for a while. I’ve used this color before. So I tested it. It was lighter than it should have been. Even after stirring for a good while it had a hard layer around the edges still about an inch thick. I was heading to town for some sandpaper so I just took it back and traded it out. Easy enough.

Thanks for the feedback though. :)

That stuff was pretty gross. Lol. I do get a little settling on my others… But nothing like this.

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#11 posted 01-04-2014 06:06 AM

That can probably kept getting shoved to the back when they were supposed to rotate the stock, it
probably would have been OK if you had them put it in the shaker when you bought it. Just something
to remember next time you buy stain or paint, it just does not pay to be in a hurry somedays.

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 01:18 PM

Old? Cold? Tis the question. Definitely test it on some scrap

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#13 posted 01-04-2014 03:54 PM

Yeah… I always get it shaken with paint. But never knew I needed to with stain. But I don’t know… This stuff was HARD on the bottom. This was Early American and when I opened it… It was LIGHT. I was able to stir it up and get quite a bit mixed. But there was enough crud on the bottom that I decided to pass on it.

I did test it on a board. It was way off. A nice color… But way too light. And I needed that color to match a previous project.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 04:54 PM

I was told one time by a guy that ran the local lumberyard, that stain should not be put in a shaker, he said it would explode, meaning the pressure would blow the lid off, never seen it happen, just saying, I always shake by hand, no problems.

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 06:39 PM

Settled pigment and the can is probably old. You might be able to tell from the lot number when it was produced. Stir it up as best you can and stir often when using.

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