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Stains/Colour

If you have a question about our products please email us. We will reply to all questions and add the most useful questions and answers to the FAQ section.


How can I keep my touch up repairs from getting muddy when I use the Furniture Powder stains?

Try reducing the intensity of the Furniture Powder stain with 2 Minute repair Liquid. The Furniture Powder stain can then be applied in thin transparent layers.


When staining hard maple, why is it always blotchy looking?

There are very small pores in hard maple, and this type of wood will not accept much pigment without blotching. A: Use a dye stain. B: Pre-wet the wood with reducer to eliminate uneven penetration into the wood. C: Seal the wood before staining or apply a sizing coat.


Solar-Lux Stain does not dilute very easily in lacquers.

Dilute stain in small amount of lacquer reducer first before introducing it into the lacquer.


The Master Color has become very thick and is difficult to mix into lacquer.

Master Color will tend to thicken as it ages. If you wish to add it to lacquer, thin it with Qualalacq Reducer and mix until uniform. Master Color should be added slowly, stirring well while you add it.


When I add Master Color to lacquer to make an opaque colour, the finish seems soft.

Adding pigment to lacquer will reduce the resin solids ratio and produce a less durable film. We advise a clear wear coat be applied over the coloured lacquer coats. Recommend not exceeding 20% addition of Master Color to lacquer.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) colour is too strong.

Reduce colour intensity with Wood Stain Reducer.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) colour is not strong enough.

Add Master Color.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) is not drying properly.

Wet wood (high moisture content). Or: Incorrect reducer used in stain. Take corrective measures.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) colour is off shade from last batch.

A colour can never be exactly duplicated repeatedly. Allow for some lot-to-lot colour variances. Use colour guide as a reference. Remember factors such as type of substrate used, sanding procedure, and method of application all affect colour.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) colour needs to be adjusted.

Tint with Master Color or adjust colour with other 545 colours.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) dries too quickly.

Used on absorbent wood. Or: Applied during very hot weather. Add Wood Stain Reducer. Problem: Pigmented Wood Stain (545) has become thick. Resolution: Natural build in viscosity from aging. Or: Cover not properly seated allowing solvents to evaporate. Add Wood Stain Reducer.


Pigmented Wood Stain (545) has settled out in can.

Pigments are heavier than the solvents and sink to the bottom. Replace cover and shake container until all pigment is re-blended or use a power driven mixing device.


Solar-Lux Stain colour is too strong.

Reduce it with Solar-Lux Stain Reducer as needed.


Solar-Lux Stain is drying too quickly and leaving lap marks.

Solar-Lux is a dye penetrating stain. It responds to the variations in porosity of wood. Adding Solar-Lux Stain Retarder allows for more uniform wetting of the surface.


Solar-Lux Stain is not drying properly.

Wet wood. Or: Excess retarder added. Or: Poor air movement. Or: Cold temperature. Or: High humidity. Or: Surface contamination. Take corrective measures after cause is determined.


Solar-Lux Stain goes on blotchy.

Common problem if dye stains are used on soft woods. The erratic cellular structure allows uncontrollable absorbency of the dye. Sizing the wood with a wood sizing liquid prior to staining adds to uniformity but limits colour depth.


Solar-Lux not penetrating the grain on veneers.

Some types of adhesives used in veneering can wick through the thin veneer and repel stain penetration. Use a pigmented Wood Stain or tint lacquer and sealer with Solar-Lux Stain, tint to colour the veneer.


Solar-Lux Stain colour needs adjusting.

Use other Solar-Lux Stain colours to tint it.


Stain colour bleeds into the sealer.

The stain likely contains a lacquer soluble dye or a pigment that tends to bleed. A wash coat of shellac will often form a barrier and help eliminate additional bleed. Light coat of lacquer should be applied over the sealer before applying shellac to insure better adhesion.


Can Wood Stain (545) and Solar-Lux stain be intermixed?

They do not mix well together and separate almost immediately when agitation stops. Many pleasant effects can be created by first applying Solar-Lux as a base colour and Wood Stain (545) over it.


Are your Master Color colourants designed for use with nitrocellulose lacquer?

Master Color is ideal for mixing with Nitrocellose lacquers (e.g. Qualalacq). You can also intermix Master Colors to create custom colours. Normally you should add 5% to 8% Master Color to Nitrocellose lacquer up to a maximum of 10%. At 10% the lacquer can take a long time to dry. Master Color can also be added to the following Behlen products: Lacquer; Sealer; Lacquer Thinner; polyurethane finishes (including Wipe On Water Base Urethane); Heavy Body Glaze; 15 minute Wood Stain and Reducer; PreStain and Por-O-Pac. Master Color should NOT be mixed with water, alcohol (shellac) or Mineral Spirits (varnish) based products.


I wish to stain/colour untreated softwood (e.g. pine), what Behlen products would you recommend?

We recommend that Prestain B545-8006 be used before applying any stain to softwood. It will facilitate a more even penetration of colour with 15 Minute Wood Stain or Solar-Lux. If Prestain is not available, a washcoat of sealer should be applied before staining. In this case, the 15 Minute Wood Stain generally gives the best results. A washcoat of sealer can be made by mixing Qualalacq with thinner at a 1:3 ratio. Alternatively, an aerosol sealer can be used in place of the Qualalacq by applying a light but wet coat.

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