Modern Masters - Theme Paint Tinting Bases - Gallons

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A highly specialized line of water base, color saturated, exterior flat paints. They are specifically formulated with the finest ingredients that are resistant to ultra violet degradation combined with highly fade resistant pigments.

We Color Match popular paint swatches! Note: A color sample is made on card stock and left to air dry. The dried color sample is what we match to the selected color swatch. All of our custom colors are tinted by eye and as such some minor color variance is to be expected. All custom mixes add one to four business days to our processing time.

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  • PPG
    Sherwin Williams
    Benjamin Moore
    Untinted - Tint Base
    Untinted - Deep Base
    Untinted - Neutral Base
    Custom tinting: not selected
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Modern Masters® Theme Paint™ is a highly specialized line of water base, color saturated, exterior flat paints. They are specifically formulated with the finest ingredients that are resistant to ultra violet degradation combined with highly fade resistant pigments. Versatile application properties allow scenic artists to create looks as varied as subtle color washes for rockwork to bold saturated colors for high visibility and impact. Theme Paint Pre-Mixed Colors are available in 17 pre-mixed, light-fast, standard colors. The Theme Paint line includes Exterior Dead Flat Varnish a premium quality, non-yellowing 100% acrylic, water base varnish. It is formulated to have the optimum level of clarity with the least amount of sheen for added protection of Modern Masters Theme Paints as well as other decorative painted surfaces. 

85° Gloss – Flat (4-8) 

Theme Paint is also available as a tintable system (TP20000-series), which includes 3 tint bases and 15 light-fast colorants. This system can be used to create an infinite array of colors for any project. 

Tinting – All Theme Paint Pre-Mixed Colors can be intermixed to create custom colors. Do not use universal colorants to tint or shade product unless color fading is acceptable. Theme Paint 20000 series Colorants can be used to tint or shade the pre-mixed colors without affecting lightfastness. 

Dry Times – Dry-to-touch is approximately 30 minutes. Recoat time is approximately 1 hour. Note: Dry times were recorded at 6 mil wet film thickness on a sealed surface at 75°F and 70% RH. Lower temperature and/or higher humidity will lengthen the dry and cure times. 

Coverage – Theoretical yield is 320 to 400 square feet/30 to 37 square meters per 1 gallon/3.78 liters at 1.5 – 2 mils dry film thickness per coat. A minimum of 2 coats are required for hide and full color development. 

Material VOC: Theme Paints are compliant under SCAQMD Rule: 1113 and contains <50 grams per liter of VOC, regulatory measurement. The VOC content for each color is available upon request. Theme Paints contain No Hazardous Air Pollutants. 

Clean Up – Clean brushes, rollers, tool, and equipment with soap and warm water immediately after use. Do not reuse containers and properly dispose of empty containers. 

Protective Clear Coating – In certain applications, Theme Paint may require the use of Modern Masters Exterior Dead Flat Varnish. As a protective topcoat, it improves weather ability and provides additional UV protection for Theme Paint decorated surfaces. The painted surface must be fully cured (approximately 24 hours) prior to application. For best results and maximum protection, a minimum of two (2) coats of varnish is recommended. 

Surface Preparation – Follow standard practices and procedures for properly preparing surfaces for the application of traditional water-based acrylic paint. All surfaces to be painted must be entirely free of dust, dirt, oil, grease, and other contaminants. Completely remove all loose, flaking, or chalking paint from the surfaces. Use a NIOSH approved respirator when sanding and when working with old, loose paint particles. Provide adequate ventilation. Properly prime the clean, dry surface with a primer from our recommended list of primers and allow the surface to dry completely—preferably overnight. Note: Lower temperature and higher humidity will lengthen the dry and cure times of primers. 

Recommended Primers: 

Bulls Eye 1-2-3 by Zinsser 

Sierra Griptec by Rustoleum 
Substrates: previously painted surfaces, galvanized metal, unfinished drywall, vinyl siding & shutters, masonry & brick, cured stucco, cast concrete, Hardiboard & Hardiplank, unfinished plywood, particle board and direct to clean metal. 

WATERTITE LV by Zinsser 
Substrates: hot concrete. 

Sierra S-70 by Rustoleum 
Substrates: ferrous metals. 

Sierra Metalmax by Rustoleum
Substrates: ferrous metals, DTM direct to metal and window and door mullions. 

Application Conditions – Do not apply in temperatures below 50°F/10°C or above 85°F/29°C. Note: Lower temperatures and/or higher humidity will lengthen the dry and cure times. Higher temperatures and/or lower humidity will speed up the dry and cure times. 

Application – Modern Masters Theme Paint can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed onto any paintable, properly primed, interior or exterior surface. Stir the paint well before using. 

Brushing: Use a high-quality brush recommended for water-based paints. 

Rolling: When rolling, work in approximately 4-foot wide sections, keeping a wet edge. 

Spraying: To spray Theme Paint Flat, use an Airless spray unit or an Air-Assisted Airless spray unit. Use equipment manufacturer’s recommended tip sizes for latex paint. Thin as needed—but carefully—as overthinning may result in loss of hide and a reduction of the desired appearance. We recommend thinning 10% with water. When spraying, use a properly-fitted NIOSH approved respirator per the manufacturer’s instructions 

Color Washes – Theme Paint is specially formulated for making diluted color washes. Dilutions of approximately 5 parts water to 1 part paint are used for layering and creating unique appearances such as stonework, with a maximum dilution of 10 parts water to 1 part paint. 

We make it our mission to ship your order in a timely fashion. Due to the nature of our business and the wide variety of our product offerings we sometimes encounter stock issues. Should there be any issues getting your order shipped we will contact you to update you on the situation. 

All in stock items ship within 24 business hours. If you need your order shipped sooner than that please contact us directly before placing your order.

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Handling & Storage – Close tightly all containers when not in use. Store in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Do not freeze. If Theme Paint becomes frozen, allow the paint to completely thaw and come to room temperature before use. Stir thoroughly before use. 

Disposal – Dispose of unused or unwanted product in accordance with local laws regulating water-based coatings. 

Health & Safety – Use in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after use. Do not take internally. When spraying or sanding, use a properly-fitting, NIOSH approved respirator per the manufacturer’s instructions. Warning! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1- 800-424-LEAD or log on to 

Skin contact: Thoroughly wash with soap and warm water before the coating dries. Individuals with sensitive skin may require gloves. 

Eye contact: Rinse with clean water for 15 minutes. Seek medical attention.

Inhalation: To help prevent irritation, use only in wellventilated areas. If irritation occurs, move to fresh air. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. 

Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. Seek medical attention. 

Read the Material Safety Data Sheet for Additional Health and Safety Information. 

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