Monday, October 11, 2010

Did you know Valspar, Part 2

Did you know this about our Valspar products?

We make products into what we in the industry call "paint colors". This is not of course the paint you would use for a bathroom wall, fence, or garage floor but for cabinetry and wood work in residential and commercial settings. Jeff Deuel (Charlotte Branch) and Robbie Pridgen (Raleigh Branch) can make you any color "paint" they want. This is not limited to only Pre-Cat, Zenith, or Conversion Varnish; we can make these colors in every possible application for your needs to finish interior wood projects.

When doing these "paint" colors to match a Wilsonart or Formica laminate or even matching a Duron or Ben Moore interior paint color there are a few things Jeff and Robbie need to know. On our website,, you can find a form to use for this process. It really answers all the questions we need to know to be able to match the products.

You may also be interested to know about Colorflex and Valspar and how they work together. Just like your dried Colorflex sheets you use for the laminate or solid surface matching, this can be used for Valspar "paint" matching. With these we can offer caulk that is close to the color we are making in "paint" or stain. There are many situations in "painting" of these products that a little caulk that matches or comes close to matching can save a lot of time. Making the dried colorflex sheets an invaluable item to have, all branch locations have access to this dried colorflex sheet, and will be more than happy to try and find a match.

Please try this on your next order of Valspar "paint" and give me any feed back you have. Since Web-Don is the largest stocking distributor of Colorlex I would like to offer it to another segment of our customer base.

Thanks for reading.

Damon Barron

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Valspar "Did you know?" Part 1

Did you know this about Valspar?

We sell "solvent" and "water" based stains. When calling to acquire these stains there are a few questions that we will need answered 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 finish 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 for the "wipe/spray on 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".

Damon Barron