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Old 07-16-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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I have a gallon of Behr Water Proofing Wood Protector I found in my basement. I believe I bought it about 6 to 8 years ago.

I know it's not a good enough product to use on a deck, but after sitting so long on a shelf, would it still be okay to use on a decorative wood fence out in my flower bed?

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Behr tends to be good products. The problem you have with old paints and coatings is that they tend to settle out and evaporate. The best way to store old paint is to make sure the lid fits tight and then turn the can every month (I know it sounds like a lot of work when storing for six year). Open the can and make sure it doesn’t smell funny. Then stir it (longer than usual) and make sure it stirs up uniformly. It is probably also a good idea to try it in an inconspicuous place first.

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Thanks. It's never been opened, so as long as it doesn't smell bad, maybe I'll give it a try.
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shelf life on most paints is 5 years max. Many are 12 to 24 months. spend the extra $20 and buy a new gallon
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My take is how important is the fence?
Worth spending $20 on it?
Or would $20 buy a new fence (if small)

I'd be inclined to mix it up & then test it on some scrap or a small section on the back of the fence
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It's a bunch of fence boards I got free from a couple guys on Craigslist. I started putting the fence together in the spring, but still need to finish it.

I'll open it and see how it looks and like you suggest, test it on a small piece of scrap.

If it's no good, I probably won't put anything on the fence.

I also found 3/4 of a can of exterior primer and a full can of exterior white paint downstairs. I might see how those look if the Behr Water Proofing stuff has gone south.
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Its Behr. Sorry to be so harsh, but it belongs in the garbage. The plastic cans they come in are kinda cool though. But seriosly, Behr paint is horrible and there are story after story on the net of problems with thier deck products and I have seen it first hand. Do yourself a favor and throw the can out.

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