• Begin by pouring 1/2 cup of water into mixing cup.  Never use less than 1/2 cup. Experience shows this is the minimum practical amount.

  • Add desired colors, leveling the pigment in the measuring spoons with the wooden stick provided in the envelope.  (For advice on how to select the colors for your mix, see “Developing Your Color Recipe,” below.)

 

Note: When developing color you may start a little sooner to get a test going on the wall.  

 

  • Let stain setup for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour to allow bonding chemical to thoroughly dissolve. (Note: When just developing your color recipe, you may decide not to wait as long since you are only testing and probably don’t care how long the stain lasts on your masonry.) Stir cup thoroughly to keep the pigment from settling into the bottom of the cup.

  • We have found that stirring in a figure-8 motion is best for combining pigment, bonding agent & water.

  • Squeeze the excess solution from the brush by pressing against the side of the mixing cup.  To keep from splattering the wall, please drain the brush toward your body as shown in picture.

  • If you need to make more of the same solution, do not completely empty the previous cup.  Stop staining while some solution still covers the bottom of the cup.  Then refill with water and pigment, mix, and let the solution set up again.

  • Feel free to make multiple batches at once and put in a sealable container to allow bonding chemical to set up while you’re staining with another mix.  Solution can be saved at room temperature for up to 7 days.  Stir thoroughly before reusing. 

Mixing Your Stain

Safety Reminders
 
Always wear gloves, safety glasses, and old clothes when mixing or applying stain.  Also, always use tarps or other means to protect nearby surfaces from spills.

 

If stain solution is spilled or splashed:

 

  • In eyes: rinse with water for at least 10 minutes to ensure all particles have been removed.”

  • On skin: Rinse thoroughly with soap and water.

  • On clothing: Flush with water, but discoloration may be permanent.

  • On floors or walls: Remove immediately with water, keeping it wet at all times, dabbing with damp cloth.