lumpy stain


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Old 07-11-12, 12:11 PM
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lumpy stain

first time user of this forum. I have about 1/2 of a 5 gallon can of stain that I used last year left over from doing my fence. The color has been discontinued so I cannot buy more. When I opened this previously used can, which by the way seemed to be re-sealed as tight as it could be, I found it to be very lumpy and thick. I have stirred it for quite some time but it is still lumpy. Is this stain no longer useable or can it be saved? I am not extremely handy and this type of thing is new to me. Any help or advise is greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 07-11-12, 12:43 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

It's hard too say without seeing it. You can strain all the boogers out of the can and see if what's left looks fit to use. You can buy a straining bag at any paint store. Years ago before they sold straining bags we used to use panty hose. A section of leg works good for straining into a 1 gallon bucket. The panty part [with cut off legs tied] works well for straining into a 5 gallon bucket.

While the color or line of stain may have been discontinued, most paint stores can custom mix paint/stain that will be close.
 
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Old 07-11-12, 01:08 PM
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thank you! good idea. just a quick question, using a little paint thinner wouldn"t be the answer would it?
 
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Old 07-11-12, 01:12 PM
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I wouldn't use more than a little bit of thinner. It's highly unlikely that the thinner will dissolve the lumps. What are you needing to apply the stain to?
 
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Old 07-11-12, 01:41 PM
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one section of fence that I needed to replace
 
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Old 07-11-12, 01:49 PM
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While adding thinner might bring the stain back to it's original consistency it will loose some of the properties that allow it to weather well. One section of fence can be a hard call. Adding thinner and straining the paint may make it usable and should look ok but will it last as long as the rest of the stain job.
 
 

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