How to Mix Winmax for Dark Chocolate Color


The stain manufacturing company, Minwax, offers a wide range of deep, rich colors, including Rosewood, Onyx and Mahogany. They even have a color called "Dutch Chocolate." However, if you have a wood project that you want to stain the color of dark chocolate, most of these colors are too light or too red. According to Minwax, finding the right color sometimes necessitates blending two or more stains together. Achieve the chocolate tone you desire by mixing together the appropriate colors and stain-types.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown stain
  • Stir stick
  • Container
  • Black stain
  • Measuring cup
  • Choose which type of Minwax stain is most appropriate for your application. Do not mix different stain types. Minwax stain types include oil-based, gel, water-based and stain with polyurethane. Having 50 colors available, water-based stain offers more to work with and increases the likelihood of achieving the desired result. Coming in second is oil-based, with 22 colors available.

  • Find a base color. Start with a can of the darkest, most neutral brown color available. Avoid colors with red tones, unless you want a red undertone to your dark chocolate stain. In the water-based category, viable options include "Dutch Chocolate," "Toffee," "Coffee," and "American Walnut." In the oil-based category, possible colors are "Provincial," "English Chestnut," "Dark Walnut" or "Jacobean."

  • Open the can of base color, stir it thoroughly and pour it into a slightly larger, clean, empty container.

  • Open a small can of black or near-black stain and stir it thoroughly. Minwax calls its oil-based, black stain, "Ebony," their water-based, black stain, "Onyx."

  • Begin by adding just a small amount of the black stain to the base color, using a small measuring device such as a 1/4-cup measurer. Mix together the two until completely blended. Test the color on a scrap of wood that is the same as the wood to be stained. If the chocolate brown color still lacks the adequate dark tonality, add another small amount of black and mix. Continue gradually adding black and testing until the desired chocolate tone is reached.

  • Count how many times black was added and multiply that number by the volume of the measuring device to determine the total amount of black used. Take note of the amount of black added to refer to when the formula needs to be recreated.

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