As the Gel Stain is used, the volume of stain in the can is displaced with air, causing the stain to start curing. Gel Stains harden up more quickly than liquid oil stains for all the reasons folks love them - the extra colorants and solids within the stain that provide such great coverage also harden up more quickly than other stains.
During storage, the oxygen or moisture that's sealed in the container continues to cure and thicken your stored product, ruining the leftovers. Here are some tips to ensure your Gel Stain remains in great working condition.
- Decant the amount of stain you'll need into a foil covered bowl and reseal your can right away. Every minute the can is open the stain is curing.
- Be sure to REALLY clean the chime and the lid of the can to assure a tight seal.
- Use Bloxygen to help remove excess oxygen from your can of finish to help preserve it longer.
- Store your sealed cans upside down.
- Transfer any unused stain to a smaller container once finished with your project or buy Gel Stain in smaller cans to begin with.
- Plastic Wrap?? Haven't tried it, but you get the idea! Anything to prevent contact with air is key.