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I did not seal up a gallon of the stain I bought last year. Over the top of the stain was a large rubbery layer. I mixed it up and used it to stain a few small pieces to finish trimming out a window.

The rubbery pieces just broke up and are still in the can as large pieces. The stain appears more solid (richer darker color) less transparent on the wood. A day after I stained the cedar it rained and the stained wood appears to shed water very well.

The stain is Cabot's semi-solid stain in evergreen color. My previous source no longer carries it but it is available at my Ace hardware. I don't mind the darker color but don't want to waste time staining something that may not last as long as a freshly bought stain.

Can I trust this stain or should I buy a new can?
 

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I usually cut the skin off of the top and toss it. That is pretty thick for a skin, hard to say if the stain is still good [probably ok] It's best to strain old paint so the buggers don't end up in the finish.
 

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I usually cut the skin off of the top and toss it. That is pretty thick for a skin, hard to say if the stain is still good [probably ok] It's best to strain old paint so the buggers don't end up in the finish.
Thanks for the info. I just ordered another gallon from Ace. I can strain the old one and mix the two together to get a color consistency and get whatever solids that will be strained out from the old batch to be supplemented from the new batch.
 
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