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Old 10-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Minwax Polycrylic - How long is it good for?

I have a half-full gallon of Minwax Polycrylic that I bought and used about 3 years ago. I live in Illinois and it has been stored in my garage, which is not temperature controlled. I am starting on a new staining project and I opened the Polycrylic up and it still looks fine, but should I be hesitant to use it? It isn't worth ruining my work if it is no longer good, but at the same time I would hate to go buy a new can if the old one is still fine.


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Old 10-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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I've had a gallon can of Polycrylic for 5 years that I tap into now and then for various projects. Of course, I keep it in my basement which is cool and dry. Maybe try some on a scrap piece of wood to be sure it's ok.


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Some things can withstand a freeze- others not so much. If you opened and stirred it and it looks OK- it probably is. They get weird when they go bad- usually not hard to tell.
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Ditto what Brushjockey said.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:22 PM   #5
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If it froze and heated up to Midwest temps in the garage, I would error on the side of caution before using it on a large project. I most certainly would strain it into a new can. Then try it on a small sample to make sure it still cures. There are few things as pure fun as trying to get a non-cured sticky finish off of something.
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