I tried emailing the company with questions, but wasn’t able to get a response. But, my order did go through just fine, and now it’s my go to way to preserve wood finishes. You can find the Pump-N-Seal® pump here, for $34.95 (including shipping). The way I figure it, that’s the cost of a quart of Waterlox varnish, so it should pay for itself P.D.Q.
The pump is quite easy to use. I use glass canning jars that are left over from when we preserve peaches or pickles or salsa. You can even recycle pasta sauce jars, jam jars, or peanut jars. Just make sure the metal lid has a functional rubber seal.
Punch a tiny hole in the top of the lid (they even provide a thumb tack), the place the little yellow sticker (called a “tab check”) over that hole. Press it down firmly.
Place the pump over the hole, and then start pumping away (10 times seems to work fine). The pump can be easily removed by pulling up on the suction cup tab.
The wood finish lasts a long time, and the lid can be sealed over, and over again, without having to replace the yellow tab check. This is a major benefit over argon gas, which has to be sprayed each time you finish up using the wood finish. That’s it!
What do you do to keep your wood finish from going bad? Please comment at the bottom of this page to share your ideas. Also, here are some upcoming classes at the Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School: