ZERO VOC COLORANT CONTAINERS
We offer two sizes here. Gallon and Five. (One Gallons worth and Five Gallons worth.) These are supplied in small Colorant Containers that can be easily poured into the product before stirring. Sample pints can be ordered pretinted in each product when purchased on those product pages.
GALLON: A Gallon size Colorant Container is enough to tint One Gallon of product.
FIVE: A Five Gallon size Colorant Container is enough to tint Five Gallons of Product.
PAINT COLOR CHARTS:
MAKING A SAMPLE: It is recommended to make a completed sample in advance. Pint samples are available for each of our products. These pints samples come pretinted with this colorant. They can be found on each product page. Creating a completed sample (including topcoats) is the best way to determine exactly how something will look for each project.
TESTING MULTIPLE COLORS: For testing multiple colors a gallon of untinted product can be purchased. This provides 8 pints worth of product. 8 or more colors could be made by using these colorant containers. Email or include an order note at checkout if you need to know how much colorant to add to a pint.
DEEP COLOR NOTE: Almond, Chocolate Brown, Espresso, Forest Green, Mountain Laurel Deep, Oak Tone Rich, Oak Tone Deep, Pebble Deep, Pint of White, Red Bark, Spring Green, Water Deep Blue, Years of Black.
As a general rule in coatings, extra color slows dry time. The colors listed above are all beautiful deep color tones. They range from 8 to 16 oz of colorant per container.
PAINT: Clear Skies Paint usually dries fairly fast regardless of the color.
DECKS AND SIDING: On decks and siding adding a deep color is usually a minor factor because the sun and air help to speed dry.
INTERIOR WOOD: If staining interior wood with deep colors, such as wood floors it could be helpful to use Aqualine Satin or NanoTech as the first coat of stain. These will dry fast and provide an even deeper stain color tone in a single coat.
NATURAL OILS: Fast drying water based stains might be preferred over the oils such as Mountain or Bio Poly NT. However, using these rich natural oils with deep color tones can have a nice grain revealing effect. Sometimes multiple stain coats of an oil is the preferred appearance despite the slower dry time.
ASK EARTHPAINT: Using the Ask Earthpaint tool is a great way to help narrow down color selection. Sample pints are recommended for testing in advance.
USES: To tint Clear Skies Paint and our Wood Finishes. The Zero Voc colorant shown here is poured into the product before stirring. (It can be added to any of our paints or finishes if desired.) This colorant is highly fade resistant and therefore has excellent performance in harsh exterior conditions.
CONTENTS: Made primarily from inorganic earth oxides and a few brighter organic colors.
CLEAN UP: Water.
PRICING: Cost is based on amount of colorant being added to each gallon and the price of that colorant.
AMOUNT PER CONTAINER: Varies from 0.05 up to 16 oz's per Colorant Container. Each color requires a specific color formula and so each container varies in the amount of colorant it contains. On certain orders, for simplicity's sake, we may combine color into one container so that it can be more easily mixed into the gallons ordered.
MIXING: A stirrer stick will mix the colorant. The easiest way to mix is with a paint mixer attachment on a drill. These mixers are usually only a few dollars and available at any local hardware store. Colors can be stirred in with a stirrer stick but that will take longer. Some people prefer hand mixers or hand mixer beaters for mixing pint containers and smaller volumes.
BOXING PAINT: It is industry standard practice to "box paint". This is done for color consistency and project uniformity. When mixing more than one gallon of paint it is a good habit to always "box" the paint together. This means that we intermix all the gallons together so that we get the most uniform mix of color possible. Sometimes this is as simple as pouring two gallons into three cans and pouring them back and forth into each other, evenly mixing the two gallons. Other times we use a larger pail or drum, to mix everything together.
This step is often skipped but it is good professional practice to box paint before beginning a project. At the end of the job, when touch up needs to be done, you can really see the difference between an exact match and a "close" match. This principle applies regardless of the kind of paint being used.