Storage of oil-based wood dyes Oil-based wood dyes are relatively resistant to freezing, provided they are completely sealed. They do not contain water and the oil simply thickens when it gets colder, instead of freezing into a solid mass. Once you've invested time and money to tint your deck or other outdoor wooden surface, it makes sense to save the rest of the deck dye for future use. Excess dye can be stored and used in the future once the wood needs to be re-coated.
Following a few simple rules when trying to store a terrace stain for future use will ensure a longer lifespan. Many manufacturers produce and sell tints for roofs. Because of the wide variety and the different chemical compositions of stains, two types cannot be expected to last the same storage time. However, you can generally store unused stains for months, years, or longer if you take precautions and store the containers properly.
Moderate temperatures, such as 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, are optimal for storing wood dye. Oil-based stains are cleaned with mineral alcohol, while soap and water are sufficient for water-based cover stains. In addition, if wood dye looks moldy or has a skunk smell, it's a good indicator that it's time to throw it away. Wood lacquer dyes should dry in less than an hour, water-based wood dyes should dry in six hours or less, and wood oil dyes should dry.
Some oil stains only contain pigment, while other oil stains only contain dye or contain pigment and dye. Varnish stains are also more difficult to use than oil stains because it is more difficult to remove excess stain, which can affect the finished product. We'll tell you what wood dye actually is, the different types of wood dyes, how long the types of wood stain in the can last, how to make wood stain last longer, and even how to know when it's time to throw it away. The recommended shelf life of wood finishes and dyes is normally found in the technical data sheet (TDS) for the product.
Painting new wooden objects, and even reusing old wooden objects, is a common DIY project, and it is necessary to prime the wood before painting for a beautiful and well-done finished project. It can be difficult to determine how long a certain type of wood dye can last in the can, since many cans aren't like other products; they don't have an expiration or expiration date. This could cause the stain to dry quickly, preventing it from penetrating properly into the wood and shortening its longevity. However, that time period is simply an estimate; when stored in a temperature-controlled environment and the air in the can is minimized, stains and finishes on the wood can last much longer.
If the wood dye didn't dry properly, it's a big problem and it's time to throw the dye in the trash. While manufacturers say wood dyes have a 3-year lifespan, keep in mind that they benefit from throwing away a product and having to buy it again. Therefore, to dispose of shabby wood stains and finishes, you'll need to research your local hazardous waste disposal center and learn about their policies.