Oct. 30, 2014

Did You Know Valspar, Part 1


The Valspar Quiz

We sell “solvent” and “water” based stains. When calling to acquire these stains there are a few questions that we will need answering so that we can be of better assistance.

1) Do you want a “water-based” or “solvent based” stain?
2) Do you use “wipe/spray on and wipe off stain”? Or do you use ” spray on and no wipe” also called “dye”? With the first two questions answered, we can figure out what type of finish work your use to doing.

With a “wipe/spray on and wipe off” you have options on how you get the stain onto the wood. Regardless if you brush, wipe, sponge or spray, this stain is intended to be wiped off shortly after applying. After an hour the stain can be wiped off and you can proceed with the finishing process. Both the “water-based” and “solvent based” have this stain available in the 10 stock colors, or we can custom match any color.

A “clear base” color may be too potent and you may need a product to thin the stain with.There is another product you need to know about that can “slow down” the dry time of the stain. This is used on a hot humid day when the stain does not work as well as you would like, however, this is the “wipe/spray stain only. For the “water-based” you can add the reducer which will make the stain dry slower giving you more time for workability. In the “solvent based” stain you can add “mineral spirits” to slow down the dry time and increase the workability. These additives only need to be added at 1-2 ounces per gallon.

3) if the answer to the second question is “spray no wipe” or “dye stains” most likely we will need to make this, as there are only 5 ready to spray colors for this application since these are “solvent-based dye stain. When sending stain colors to be matched the more information we have to accompany the sample the better we will be able to assist you.

Thanks for reading. This was the first installment of “Did you know Valspar”.