How long will your can of deck stain last?
You might find that when you’ve finished that big staining project, that you’re left with a bunch of deck stain left over. Well, it would be a shame to throw it away, wouldn’t it? But if you intend to store it, then there are a few things you should know first. Your stains can stay usable if following these simple guidelines.
Unopened cans of deck stain
Unopened cans of deck stain – just like regular paint – have a shelf-life of up to 5 or 6 years before they start to deteriorate. So if you didn’t have time to start your project this year then there’s no reason to worry. You can use the paint any time that suits you within this timeframe. Make sure to store the deck stain in a temperature controlled room. Do not let the stain freeze.
In the case that your stain has been stored for a quite a while, it is recommended to take the can to a DIY store and have them use the shaker to help remix the stain and make sure it is ready for use.