A New Discovery!

A small tin of Prooftint Stain sprung a leak and coloured a portion of my shelf, awe how considerate. The little bugger over the years slowly ate its way through the bottom of the can. Not really sure how though as it’s not possible, but the evidence is in the pudding.

As I was cleaning and cursing away, you know the usual shop talk with yourself, I noticed this beautiful brass or bronze like patina on another tin the stain leaked on.

Elm-can

Once more poor photographic skills have let me down, I wish you could see what I see. It reminds of the old infill planes Bill Carter still makes by hand.  BTW, it was Elm that leaked. I did try another stain on another can to see if I could replicate it but no go.  I guess a particular metal type matter, but I’m unsure about this. What type of metal is the can made of? Probably tin, but I’m not a metallurgist to say for sure. Either way it works and looks great. You could probably do this to screws to give it an antique look.  Just so you know that methylated spirits will wash 90% of it off. But I think a little bit of lacquer will protect it for many years.

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2 thoughts on “A New Discovery!

  1. I don’t think it’s uncommon for metal containers to do this over time. I’d like to point out to your readers that storing lacquers or in your case near pilot lights or combustion heaters can lead to disastrous results.

    I found a gallon can on a shelf a few feet from my boiler that was weeping. It was lacquer and had it released a lot of material at once my house could have burned down. The proper place is to use a flammable liquids cabinet but I use a plastic bin with a lid on it that will contain any spillage and vapors. Or better yet, don’t keep products like this for too long.

    Steve

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    1. Thanks Steve I actually didn’t know that this can happen or even commonly does so. I am fortunate I found this before anything drastic happened. I will buy some glass bottle and transfer the stain of the remaining six into them. I don’t have poly or lacquer to worry about. I don’t use stains often, some of them are almost ten years old and many of them of them were just experiments. But I do have gallons though on the bottom shelf but they are holding up fine.

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