“Bag It And Tag It With StopLossBags to Keep That Varnish Minty Fresh!”

Whether you’re a woodworker or cabinetmaker, a finish carpenter who installs a lot of wood trim, or just an avid DIYer, you’ve undoubtedly had the experience of opening up a partially used can of stain or varnish, only to discover it’s useless because it’s skinned over. Or maybe it’s dried up, or full of mystery gunk, and too contaminated to use. Now, you’ve not only got the added expense of having to buy more product, you have the aggravation – and wasted time – of having to stop what you’re doing to go fetch. The folks at Finishing Solutions LLC feel your pain, and they’ve come up with a solution: StopLossBags...

Core 77

“Stop Loss Bags: A Better Package Design Solution for Wood Finishes”

In our daily lives, we live with such lousy package design solutions. A tube is a terrible way to store toothpaste, and when was the last time you got the last drop out of a bottle of lotion or shampoo? In addition to the user experience issues, there's the sheer wastefulness of plastic bottles that we use once and then throw in the recycling, still caked with residue. And when it comes to storing wood finishes, an even worse package design than bottles is cans... n the There's got to be a better way! mindset I dug around and found a company called Finishing Solutions, which makes a product called Stop Loss Bags.. 

Fine Woodworking Magazine

“Editor’s Review: Storage Bag Keeps Finishes Fresh”

Many woodworkers know this story. You buy a can of finish, open it, and use it for the first time. When you’re done, you close up the canister and put it on a shelf. You use it off and on during the year, but there comes a time when you open the container and the finish is no longer usable because it has oxidized, thickened, or skinned over. I’ve thrown out plenty of half-filled cans of finish because of this. Well, not any more...



“We use a marine varnish that performs beautifully and goes into gel form for no reason in the can. Only stop loss bags perserves this expense varnish until we are ready to use it. It has saved me $100’s that I dont have to waste on gelled varnish. If it can save epifanes it can save anything. Buy some bags stop wasting $$ time and product. Highly recommend them.”
— Kristin L., Pennsylvania
“Thanks. I love mine and concur with your findings. These bags make my life easier and much more efficient. It’s easy to dispense just the amount you need, when you need it, and be confident that the rest of the batch will remain usable into the future...Great product.”
— Duncan H., Maryland
“I received a few samples of your bags at my woodworking club meeting about a year or two ago and have been storing my proprietary oil/varnish mix in them with great results. I am able to mix more at a time and store for longer periods. This has been a huge improvement saving me both time and materials.”
— Greg M, California
“Wow! you are a fast shipper. Thank you very much Tom. I will build the Filling Station and the Strainer Stand. I don’t want to make a mess. Hope you sell a lot of your bags.”
— Serge L., Canada
“I received my order and I appreciate the thorough instructions and advice. Finally I’ll have a way to protect my investment in Sutherland Welles products. I’ve literally have thrown out gallons of gelled finishes over the past 25 years.”
— Bob B., New York
“The blend I mix for DIY wipe-on poly wants to settle a bit, and all I have to do is kinda squeeze and knead the bag, and it restores the uniform color I want. I appreciate being able to do that. It’s much easier than stick-stirring, There’s no guess-work, and I get visual feedback ...Thanks again for a great useful product for my small shop ... I’m gleefully recommending the StopLossBag to anyone who’ll listen!”
— Edward P, Pennsylvania
I have been using your bags to store a hardwax/oil solution which skins over quickly . So far no loss of product with your bags.
— Brian B., Australia
Your product is outstanding.
— Michael L., Indiana