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Thread: Mason - Mix'n Line

  1. #1
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI

    Mason - Mix'n Line

    Reading through the thread on shellac mixing I came across a post by Edward Alexander mentioning his use of Mason jars. (Here) I use these jars (mine are the newer form with the metal caps) for everything including shellac, brush cleaning, etc.

    Recently I purchased a Food Saver for my wife and I got her the attachments for vacuuming out and sealing Mason jars. While reading Alexander's post it occurred to me that I could be using the Food Saver to prolong the life of my finishes and it would cost a lot less than Bloxegen!

    It seems to me that transferring varnishes, shellacs, etc. from partially full cans to Mason jars, then removing the air, makes a lot of sense. The parts of the Food Saver that vacuum out the air never touch food, so that should not be an issue. And I have no problem with buying a new Mason jar attachment for using only on my stuff.

    Am I missing something? Is this a good idea or what?
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    Sounds like a good idea to me!

    Of course my propane torch is closer than the wife vacuum saver.
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    Dec 2006
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    I've tried the food saver attachment both with the food saver and my vacuum pump which pulls 20+ inches. Neither did much as far as extending the life of finishes, replacing the air with a gas is a lot more effective IMO. Lots of folks use Bloxygen, but like Jeff, I use propane, a heck of a lot cheaper and it works just as well.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Propane thats a great idea how safe is it fire explosion wise.

    Also I am not a big fan of glass in the shop for obvious reasons.
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  5. #5
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    May 2007
    Rhode Island
    Ron, gave me a hint . You could always fill up to the brim with marbles it takes the place of the finish you used so less air in the container.

  6. #6
    How about one of these...

    a device to pump air from jars for less than $6....

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Sacramento, CA
    I swear ... i saw this thread come up all 6 times in new posts today and I am ashamed to admit it .. but i just NOW caught on to the title.

    I'm a little chicken of the glass in the shop idea, too - even though I still store spade bits in a Ragu jar (point down, no less! thing just won't break!).

    I haven't had a finish go bad really, so far. I have a bunch of little baby food jars that I collected from friends with infants as well as some peanut and spaghetti sauce jars that I transfer to fore a given project. I usually open the big container only two or three times or so before it's empty so it doesn't get much exposure and I go through it quick, i guess.
    Jason Beam
    Sacramento, CA

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