Mixing Color


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Using a scale to add amounts of dispersions, color, or metallic mediums to any other material is Golden's best recommendation.

We will have a step by step video on how to use a scale here soon!

This is a place to shop for a good quality scale


André Martinez

This is an account of how Andre Martinez tints Proceed on site and advice on how to do it properly.

  • We use two scales on the job; one is a milligram scale for extremely accurate reading in small quantities for creating control samples, the other is a heavy weight capacity less expensive scale used to make larger batches as we scale up to the full project. We typically mix about 200 grams of any given texture per layer plus color when making control samples. When we make a full batch for the project we usually use the heavier scale for the texture/paint and then the small scale for the color to mix in.
  • Another tip about the color is that we always have a little water in our formulas so that when we scale up we then have some to add our color to. This makes it much easier to get 100% of it out of the container that we are measuring it in.
  • The creative process and the technical tasks such as weighing color typically are at odds with each other. Don't feel bad about this at all it is extremely hard to shift from painting to accounting or mixing to match a color in your head to weighing on a scale. This is simply because most of us are extremely rooted in one side of the brain and not the other. If you can switch back and forth there is quite often a "mode" you must get into in order to do anything creating or visa versa to do your taxes. One way to still work with a scale while at the same time be fluid and creative is to weigh your colorant and medium containers before you get started and then play away until you get the desired mixtures. Once you are all finished being creative you can then reweigh your containers, subtract the two numbers and you will then know how much you used of each.
  • One of the best selling tips I could ever give a decorative painter is to use a scale on your formulations. How does this lead to more business or close sales? The answer is simple, professionalism. At your first meeting with e designer or architect if you tell them that you use scales to mix all of your formulas and keep those formulas on hand after the project is complete you are going to do a few distinct things that will help you get the job:

1. you are demonstrating a high level of expertise;

2. is that you are letting them know you understand accountability;

3. you are implying "after-care";

4. you are curing the number one complaint that architects have about our trade...."I fall in love with a sample on my project then we hire the decorative painter to do it in my clients home and they can't reproduce the sample accurately!!!"

Tinting by Weight

One option for tinting Proceed products is by weight. To do this you will need to have a scale as to make sure that your measurements are exactly right. The A Chart to Start Page has hundreds of images of tinted product with the instructions to tint by weight and by volume. The image to the right is tinted with 1 gram of both Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White to 100 grams of Smooth Absorbent Texture. To increase a recipe, use the Recipe Calculator to ensure that all recipes are exact.

Tinting by Volume

Another option for tinting Proceed products is by volume. This is a good option if you know exactly how much fluid ounces you have or want to use. The A Chart to Start Page has hundreds of images of tinted product with the instructions to tint by volume and by weight. The image to the right is 1.50 fl oz. of Dioxazine Purple dispersion and 0.97 fl oz. of Titanium White dispersion to 1 Proceed Gallon, or 115 ounces of Smooth Absorbent Texture. To increase a recipe, use the Recipe Calculator to ensure that all recipes are exact.

Tinting with Slow Drying Fluid Acrylics

Slow Drying Fluids Acrylics are tinted with the same pigments as Dispersions, though not as much. Unlike Dispersions, however, Slow Drying Fluid Acrylics can be used for tinting light colors in texture bases without changing product consistency as well as they can be used to paint with on their own (murals, decorative panels, etc.). Because Slow Drying Fluid Acrylics are available in more colors than the dispersions, they are a good option for tinting lighter colors for any of the Proceed Textures without changing the consistency of the Texture. They can also be extended using Full-Bodied Painting & Glazing Medium or Low Viscosity Painting & Glazing Medium or thinned with Water.

The PROCEED® System Recipe Calculator

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The Proceed System Recipe Calculator is designed to make it easy to create, modify, print and archive recipes for colors and for Level 2 formulas based on the Proceed product line. The Recipe Calculator downloads to your PC through your Internet Browser and, once you save a formula, you can access it, change it, and print it without being connected to the internet. Your recipe details exist only on your computer. Please make sure that you securely save your recipe files. For greater consistency, we recommend using a quality digital scale rather than fluid measurements for your recipes.

For more information, view the page describing How to Tint the Proceed Products.

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