What is "Boxing"?
We recommend customers to “box” containers as they get close to empty. When a container of stain gets down to about 1/4 full, you should thoroughly mix up the next container you plan to use and pour about 1/4 of it into the previous container, mixing them together, and then use the mixed stain to continue. Although we take great strides to maintain consistency within and between manufactured lots, boxing containers ensures that there will be no noticeable color difference as you go from one container to the next.
What should you use to mix our products?
Just about any type of paint mixer that fits into a cordless drill will work. We prefer one called a Jiffy Mixer since it has a ring around the stirring blades that prevents chipping plastic buckets, and its design prevents air being forced into the product.
How Do I Know If The Stain Wasn't Mixed Properly?
Inadequate mixing is easy to tell: the color on a wall goes from light to dark as the stain gets closer to the bottom of the pail. Unfortunately, there is no fix other than stripping the finish off and starting over again. Proper mixing and boxing of finishes will avoid this issue.
Do I Need to Mix Clear Topcoats?
Since our Lifeline Advance™ Gloss and Satin and Acrylic Gloss and Satin topcoats are clear and colorless, some individuals think that they do not have to be mixed before application.These clear coats consist of several components that may stratify in the container over time. Even though you may not be able to see the different layers, they need to be mixed together for use.
In addition to manufacturing the best log home finishes you can buy, one of our commitments is to give you the information you need to do a truly professional job. Please, if you have any questions give us a call or chat with us online.