Turning Archive 2007

Subject:
Shelf Life of Varnish

Philip Morris
>Does anyone know the shelf life of an unopened container of varnish?

I purchased a quart of Behlen's Rock Hard Tabletop Varnish 6 or 7 years ago for a flat work project. The label describes it as a "phenolic resin short oil varnish." It is in the original container and has never been opened.

I often use Russ' mix of equal parts varnish, tung oil and turpentine and was wondering if I could use this for the varnish component. Behlens sells a "reducer" to go with this. From what I can tell it is just a thinner, so I assume that I would not have to use the reducer or I could use it in place of turpentine?

Thanks,
Philip

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