(088-815) Daly's Benite Clear - Quart

(088-815) Daly's Benite Clear - Quart
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Price: $14.99
Product ID : Daly's Benite Clear Quart
Weight: 4.00 lbs
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A deeply penetrating wood conditioner which becomes an integral part of the wood cell structure. It does not leave a surface film, and reduces the possibility of grain raising. Benite is excellent as a pre-conditioner to avoid "spotty" stain and finish penetration. Because it penetrates, it does not chalk, crack, peel, or blister. Gives added life to weather-worn exterior stained surfaces.

Key Benefits
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Can be a complete finish for a natural look
  • Great pre-conditioning treatment for staining and finishing both Interior and Exterior
  • Prevents exterior wood from taking on moisture until stain or finish can be applied

*Scroll down for the whole story on the history of Benite (it's pretty interesting!)

A Little History of Benite...

BENITE. Now there's a name for you! Benite was a magic elixir that Walter J. Daly (our founding father) knew about in Texas and brought it with him to the great Northwest. Eventually he got the right to distribute BENITE here on the coast. Daly's eventually discovered that the founders for BENJAMIN CHEMICAL Company had a falling out and that we were their sole customer! By the late 1960's the survivor of the partnership in Michigan, Mr. St. Johns, decided he was too old to fool around with this stuff and wanted out. We were now over a barrel. A BENITE Barrel. In order to continue with it we'd have to start making it ourselves and buy the rights to it for CASH - A LOT OF IT!

By this time we'd taken Benite a bit further and developed BenMatte, known at that time as a "Modern Danish Oil Finish" (No reference to Tung Oil yet.) Plus our Benite stain line and everything else Herb, in our own factory, could think of tossing BENITE into.

Anyway, Mr. St. Johns told us he'd send us the formula, the vats, and himself too, to help us set up the process of making Benite at Daly's. Trouble is, his vats were rusted and he was too...he never showed up.

Daly's -- or better yet Herb was on his own for that first batch.

Here's what happened:

By 8:00p.m. that July day in 1969 when Herb made the first batch, the odor had crept up the alley to the street. The stuff had been in the cooker since 2:00 p.m. or so and it was the worst smell ever. Jim Daly went home for diner at 6:30 and on his way back he could smell this unusual odor for about a mile. As he got to the corner of 36th and Stone (where the store and factory are located), he noticed smoke coming out of the old building thinking for sure that "THAT WAS IT!" Turns out the problem was in the gas jets not being large enough, preventing the 100 gallons or so from heating fast enough to reach a certain critical temp. Poor Herb, but by the next couple of batches he could get to the critical temp in a couple of hours or so, and not produce quite so much smoke in the process.

In later batches, the odor was bad enough so that people couldn't work in the office. You see, at that time the office was in an old building right above the Benite Cooker. We moved the office in 1970. Did our Benite batches have anything to do with the move???

Needless to say, Herb had perfected the Benite recipe, and we no longer alarm anyone on our street. At least, not that we are aware of!

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