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Can I mix Rub ‘n Restore® Colors together or modify my Color with acrylic paint?

Yes, all Rub ‘n Restore® Colors are compatible and can be mixed to create your own unique color. Click here to learn how.

All our colors (except Black and Bright White) are made from a combination of pigments. If you know your color wheel and wish to modify your color with pure pigments, click here for instructions. You will also need Clear Prep+Finish™.

Please note, modifying any color voids our warranty, and we cannot accept returns or exchanges on such items.

How To Mix Rub ‘n Restore® Colors

  1. Start with drops of colors on a piece of cardboard. Make a note of the ratio (for example, equal parts Mahogany and Walnut).
  2. Mix them together with a brush, and apply to the surface. The color should appear a shade or two lighter when wet.
  3. Allow to dry. The color will darken slightly. Do a couple coats to achieve full coverage.
  4. You may also need to apply one coat of Clear Prep+Finish™ or polish the color with a soft, dry rag to mimic the luster or “level the playing field”. This will allow you to get a more accurate read on how your mixture compares to the desired color.
  5. Allow to dry, and assess the color.
  6. Modify the ratio of colors as necessary, and repeat the process until the desired color is achieved.
  7. Expand the ratio to the volume of color. Start with 1/2 or 3/4 of the total volume in case a final adjustment needs to be made and test.
  8. Mix in a clean container from the recycling bin or one of our mixing bottles. Do not use any kitchen or eating utensils.
  9. Remove any test patches with rubbing alcohol or simply paint over them.

How To Modify Rub ‘n Restore® Colors with Pure Pigment

  1. Use water-based universal colorants (the same pigments used to customize latex paint at the hardware store). Acrylic paint can also be used.
  2. Whatever volume of pigment is added to the existing color, an equal volume of Clear Prep+Finish™ must also be added to maintain the correct ratio of pigment to resin. Make a note of your additions.
  3. Thoroughly stir to disperse these pigments into the resin.
  4. Apply to the surface. The color should appear a shade or two lighter when wet.
  5. Allow to dry. The color will darken slightly. Do a couple coats to achieve full coverage.
  6. You may also need to apply one coat of Clear Prep+Finish™ or polish the color with a soft, dry rag to mimic the luster or “level the playing field”. This will allow you to get a more accurate read on how your mixture compares to the desired color.
  7. Allow to dry, and assess.
  8. Repeat as needed.
  9. Remove any test patches with rubbing alcohol or simply paint over them.

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