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Help! I have purchased 2 Interlux Goldspar Satin cans of varnish. I have used this before and did not have a problem, so what am I doing wrong.
I open it, pour a little into a separate cup for used, immediately close the can. By the 3rd day it is clearly thick and by the 4-5th it is completely congealed ( like soft jello). Is this stuff inferior or is it me????? This is getting expensive.
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My Helmsman will do that if i don't get the lid on perfectly...You have to wipe the lids groove perfectly clean...Is not so much congealed but will crust over with a hardened film...the varnish underneath it though is perfectly fine.

Your description sounds different and i would call the manufacture....Is it REALLY Humid where you are at?
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No it is not humid and I am working inside. Just not sure what it is. I feel the lid is on as I hammered it. I used this stuff 5 years ago on my galley workwork and had no problem. Also I am not working at the boat, but in my home. It is the companion steps and I just brought them home.
Also a couple of years ago when I used Captains varnish for the outside teak, I opened and closed it for a month with no problem. I think I will contact Interlux about this problem. Thanks!
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I could have gotten frozen in the distribution line somewhere..Freezing is usually death to glues, paints and varnishes.

I use PVC cement by the gallons...if I leave a quart out even in a light frost is will separate. and be useless....if that same can is under cover during that light frost it is fine....having the can unopened and brand new makes a difference as well...that's way i asked about the humidity...it seems the volume of air in the can has something to do with it going bad in the frost condition I mentioned as well.
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I have emailed Interlux and will see what they say. I am not an expert, but know it should not turn to jelly in one week whether the lid is 100% air tight or not.
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