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Enduro Ready To Match Stain Red (water based) 5 GALLONS

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General Finishes Ready To Match (RTM) Stain System makes color-matching a breeze.

Intermix the stains and base to design your own rich, deep wood stain colors. 

Brush or spray application.

General Finishes Ready to Match (RTM) Red Water-Based Wood Stain Application Steps

  1. Watch how to color match RTM stain here or product overview video here.
  2. Stir stain to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process.
  3. Thin as desired with distilled water; start with 5%, adding up to 10% by volume. 
  4. Increase open time, if needed, with up to 5% General Finishes Extender  if allowed by local regulations. GF Extender will improve flow and leveling and increase open time, which is helpful in dry climates. California Residents: Adding more than 2% of GF Extender will make the products non-compliant per SCAQMD Regulations. GF assumes no liability for the improper use of these products.
  5. An initial coat of General Finishes Pre-Stain Conditioner Natural can improve color uniformity over difficult-to-stain wood species such as pine. However, it will limit color absorption, so a darker stain may be required to get the depth of color you want.
  6. Test your complete finishing process before starting. The stain color is affected by variances in wood and deepened with the application of topcoat.
  7. Divide your project into manageable sections: top, side, drawer, door, table seam.
  8. Hand-Application over Raw Wood:
    • Apply a LIBERAL amount of stain to ensure easy workability using a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, pad applicator, staining pad or microfiber roller. If not enough stain is used, the surface may dry too quickly, causing an uneven appearance. On large projects, leave a wet edge between sections to prevent lap lines.
    • Stain a complete section and wipe off the excess evenly with the grain using quality paper towel or shop towel. Check for missed spots and lap marks before moving to the next section. Do NOT use cotton t-shirts to wipe away stain because they will "push" the stain around and not absorb it.
    • Immediately correct lap marks by rewetting the entire working area with stain and wiping off the excess.
    • Pull excess stain out of corners and details with a synthetic bristle brush.
    • Let the stain dry 2-4 hours in ideal conditions: 50-70% humidity, 70*F/20*C. Be sure to allow adequate dry time. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if: 
      • Humidity is over 80%
      • 3+ coats are applied (not recommended)
      • Thick coats are applied
      • Working over a previously existing finish
        • To accelerate dry time in humid conditions, add General Finishes Accelerator before applying and work in a space with good ventilation and air movement. If you decide to re-coat before the recommended time, test dryness. 
    • Optional: apply a second coat to deepen the color. Apply no more than 2 coats.
    • Finish with 3 coats of General Finishes topcoat.
  9. Spray Application over Raw Wood: Optional: apply a second coat to deepen the color. Apply no more than 2 coats.
    • HVLP: 0.9mm-1.1mm spray tip, medium air cap. Verify tip sizes with your equipment supplier. See our spray tip size recommendations here. Wear a full filter respirator (NIOSH/MSHA-approved) and work in a ventilated space. Keep your gun at a 90* angle, 6-8" from the surface. On large, flat areas, use wet, even patterns 6-8" wide. For narrow surfaces, reduce the fan pattern to 2-3" wide to reduce overspray. Overlap each pass 25-50% for even coverage. Read here for more information on spraying techniques.
    • Apply section by section. Spray liberally to a complete section and wipe off the excess evenly with the grain using quality paper towel or shop towel. Check for missed spots and lap marks before moving to the next section. Do NOT use cotton t-shirts to wipe away the stain because they will "push" the stain around and not absorb it.
    • Immediately correct lap marks by rewetting the entire working area with stain and wiping off the excess.
    • Pull excess stain out of corners and details with a bristle brush.
    • Let the stain dry 2-4 hours in ideal conditions: 50-70% humidity, 70*F/20*C. Be sure to allow adequate dry time. If in doubt, wait longer. Increase dry time if: 
      • Humidity is over 80%
      • 3+ coats are applied (not recommended)
      • Thick coats are applied
      • Working over a previously existing finish
        • To accelerate dry time in humid conditions, add General Finishes Accelerator before applying and work in a space with good ventilation and air movement. If you decide to re-coat before the recommended time, test dryness. 
  10. Finish with 3 coats of General Finishes topcoat.

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