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How Long Can I Keep Homemade “Steel Wool & Vinegar” Stain?

I love the stain made by mixing steel wool with vinegar. How long can I keep it? Should I toss it and remix after a certain time – will the strength deepen? Also, I was curious if this stain will weaken the wood. Thank you so much!

The Money Pit Answer
When mixing your own stain, keep in mind: Steel wool's color can change as it oxidizes.  For that reason, you can't mix a stain, put it on the shelf for a year, and expect to get matching results when you use it again.  I suggest mixing only a little more than needed for the project, then throwing it out when you're done.  And don't worry - there's no reason stain would ever weaken wood.