Introducing Sansin Stains to Color Company

August 18th, 2011 | Comments »

This week the Color Company is excited to launch the new Sansin Stain Station at their Wonderland store in London.

Sansin has spent 20 yrs. pioneering the use of environmentally friendly water-born wood protection technologies that deliver outstanding performance.  Not only can you protect your wood naturally, you can also invite the beauty of nature into your life.  With a collection of 79 unique colours all inspired by the beauty of the world the sky is your limit.  Sansin no only stains your wood but becomes an integral part of your woods cell structure, protecting it naturally from within.

Color Company is working with Sansin to make your life easier when it comes to choosing stain for your projects. The 300 square foot centre will be located within the PARA Paints Color Company store and built on a 300 sq ft of pine and cedar deck. It will display deeply stained railings showcasing some of the beautiful lustrous Sansin finishes, and will be surrounded by walls covered in tongue and groove pine which will showcase our clear Sansin finishes.

Sansin offers a variety of rich, soft, or natural stain and clear finishes and this ‘Stain Centre’ will allow you to see what your own interior or exterior stain project can look like. No more will you have to rely on small brochures, tiny wood samples, or photo type literature to make your stain and finishing choices. You can see the product on real surfaces right in the Color Company store!

Not familiar with Sansin, check out this great video and then pop on by Color Company to see what it’s all about. Not in the London area but have more questions feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to answer your questions.

To paint brick or not to paint brick… that is the question!

August 11th, 2011 | Comments »

Painting brick is something that people are very passionate about… that is they are either very passionate about the idea of not painting brick or painting it. Many people I’ve talked to over the years believe it could ruin the look and integrity of the area you’re looking to paint, while others think it’s a great alternative to covering or removing the brick.  We all know that paint is the most cost effective way to change one’s space and it applies to brick as well.

If you’re going to paint the brick then we thought we’d give you a few tips to get the job done… let’s assume you’ve already made the momentous decision to paint brick, and you just need a tutorial. One tip right off the bat: the key to successful brick painting is in the preparation!

First let’s start with what you’ll need:

  • Brick Conditioner
  • Exterior Masonry & Stucco Paint
  • Hand Wire Brush
  • Bucket
  • Mild Detergent
  • Garden Hose or Power Washer
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Roller/Roller Cover designed for b
* be sure to check with our experts at Color Company so they’re able get you the best product to complete your project.


  1. Efflorescence is that white, chalky stuff that appears on brick. If you have any efflorescence, then you need to remove by hand wire brushing without water.
  2. Does your brick have large cracks? Brush them out with the wire brush so that any loose material is removed. Seal with pure acrylic or silicone/acrylic caulk
  3. Often, the mortar is crumbling or even missing. This means that you need to repoint your mortar. Keep in mind, too, that deeply inset or missing mortar means that your painting job will be that much harder.
  4. Scrub down bricks with mild detergent and scrub brush. Or use a power washer. If you have moss, mold, and/or mildew, remove by adding 1 part of ordinary household bleach to 3 parts water.
  5. Wait for brick to dry. We mean it! Let bricks dry thoroughly before attempting to paint. Because brick is very porous, it may feel dry to the touch but is wet inside. You may want to let a day or two of dry weather pass before attempting to paint.
  6. Roll, brush, or spray on coat of conditioner paint.
  7. Let the conditioner dry for 3 hours. Be careful not to let too much time pass or the surface will get dirty and need to be recleaned.
  8. Paint with a coat of 100% acrylic elastomeric wall coating.
  9. Let dry thoroughly.
  10. Paint second coat of elastomeric wall coating.
Good luck with the project!

Peridot… August’s Birthstone

August 4th, 2011 | Comments »

Peridot (pronounced pair-a-doe) is the gem variety of olivine and is the birthstone for August. It’s also know as the Zodiac stone for the constellation Libra and sources refer to peridot as Chrysolite. Peridot is known to be associated with the values of fame, dignity, protection, and success.

If fire appears to leap from the vibrant green surface of the Peridot, this may be because this gem is formed as a result of volcanic activity.  Many years ago, natives discovered Peridot crystals in the black sands of Hawaii, explaining their presence as tears shed by Pele, the volcano goddess.  Throughout history, August’s birthstone has been used as a means to connect with nature.

Early Egyptian priests drank a stimulating beverage called Soma from cups made of Peridot, believing this practice to draw them closer to Isis, the  goddess of nature.  The force of nature is considered to be alive within Peridot, making a gift of this gemstone symbolic of vitality.  It signifies strength, both individually and within a relationship, as well as the promise of new growth in years ahead.

Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, ranging from light yellowish green to a dark olive.  Early mining for this gem was done on Saint John’s Island near Egypt around 1500 BC.  The green crystal was considered protective against evil and when set in gold, especially helpful against night terrors.  It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a cure for thirst brought on by fever.  Today, Peridot is mined in Burma, Norway, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and in Arizona.

Throughout time, peridot has been confused with many other gemstones, even emerald. Many “emeralds” of royal treasures have turned out to be peridots! And although peridot is distinctly a different shade of green, many jewelers refer to peridot as “evening emerald“. Emerald is a dark green as opposed to a yellow green and always contains inclusions. Other green gemstones confused with peridot include apatite (which is much softer); green garnets (have no double refraction), greentourmaline and green sinhalite (both of which are strongly pleochroic),  moldavites (no double refraction) and green zircon (significantly heavier). All of these gemstones rarely have as nice a yellow component to their green colour as does most peridot, but darker green peridot can be confusing when good crystal form is not discernible.

Peridot is a beautiful gemstone in its own right and is widely popular. Its popularity is said to be increasing yearly and with new finds in Pakistan producing exceptionally well crystallized specimens, peridot can be fun to collect for years to come.