Mixol : All you need to know

Published on 09.02.2018 by Rachel


General Technical details for users of MIXOL multi-purpose tinting paste.

Mixol is a binder-free multi-purpose tinting paste. Not to be confused with ready-made paint!
Always shake thoroughly before and close lid firmly after using in order to prevent lumps or skins forming.
Mixol is highly resistant to frost and heat. After freezing, it needs to be thawed at room temperature.

Depending on the paint concerned, Mixol may be added up to a maximum of 10% of mix’ weight. However, considering that it is highly concentrated, the best results can be obtained by using Mixol sparingly.
The maximum amount to mix with transparent lacquers, paints and other topcoats is 3-5%
For varnishes low in, or free from aromatic compounds, as well as silicate or silicone resins, us only Mixol Oxide.

In the case of tinting lacquers, sometimes mixing by hand is difficult. Stirring apparatus is a recommended alternative, if possible. This is to achieve the optimal result and avoid “rub-out” effects.

It is always recommended to test the tinted material immediately, by rubbing your finger firmly on a covered area – see Mixol Compatibility.
Mixol tints No.6,7,10 and 18 are for indoor use only! When a red or yellow is required for external applications, use “True Yellow No.26, True Red No.27 and Oxide Brilliant Yellow No.30. White No.25 should be added to colourless coatings and/or transparent paints/glazes etc. to create a pickling effect

Please Note:

LW types and/or LW oxide types: Fast to light and weatherproof, for indoor and outdoor application.L types: For indoor application only.


MIXOL OXIDE TINTS: WHEN and WHY are they used?

  • In all silicate paints and coatings
  • In all mineral building materials
  • In all silicone resin paints and coatings!
  • In all varnishes low or free from aromatic compounds!
  • In insulating varnishes, sealers as well as in exterior paints containing solvents

The Mixol Oxide tints product range offers a number of inorganic pigments of and fastness that meet even the highest demands!

All Mixol Oxide tints are inorganic mineral pigments, being the oxides of various metals. They are of outstanding quality, being light, fast and weather proof. These products will not fade or change colour for years. These attributes are perfect for outdoor application.

MIXOL OXIDE TINTS in silicate paints and other mineral building.

Silicate paints are commonly used for outdoor jobs. The Oxide range of tints are the perfectly suited to using silicate paints, due to the paint’s extremely high alkalinity in it’s wet state.

There are other reasons to use the Oxide range with silicate paints. The most important reason being that silicate paints are “open cell” and “breathable”. This means that the pigments mixed with the coating are exposed to any environmental conditions such as light, wind and water. Oxide tints are weatherproof, and therefore, able to withstand these environmental conditions. Unlike organic Mixol tints, the Mixol Oxide range contain wetting agents which do not affect the silicification or the quality of silicate coatings. Therefore, there is no risk of water-spotting and washed and pigments on the surface of the coating.

MIXOL OXIDE TINTS in insulating varnishes and sealers

Polymer resin based insulating varnishes and sealers that contain solvents can only be tinted with a Mixol Oxide paste. Cationic aqueous insulating varnishes and sealers are to be used with Tint numbers: 29-32. It is also recommended testing the compatibility of the Mixol Oxide pastes with the material used before starting the tinting process.

After tinting, the material should be immediately processed. This is due to the particular ion technology of insulating varnishes and sealers. A chemical action may occur which can result in the immediate or delayed thickening of the material.


Metallic Effect Tints (aqueous concentrate) achieve effects from a subtle shimmer, to an opaque solid metal finish. Compatible with a variety of materials (water or solvent based). The metallic tinting pastes are highly concentrated with gold, bronze, aluminum and pearlescent pigments. Like all Mixol pastes, they are binder free.

These metallic pigments stay in suspension, so they won’t “settle-out”. They can be used in any combination with the 18 organic MIXOL® colors (Non-Oxide Colors). (They can also be used in some white pigmented materials.) All types of applications are suitable – brush, roller, spray applied.

The following materials have been successfully tested:

Wood glazes,
Cement glazes wall glazes (interior and exterior use)
Nitrocellulose clear varnishes
Polyurethane clear varnishes (solvent based)
Polyurethane alkyd clear varnishes (solvent based)
Acrylic wood finishes (water based)
White interior wall paint
Insulating paints (water based)
Decorative lime plaster for walls

NOTES: Minimum shelf life: over 1 year. Maximum additions by weight: 10 % for Varnishes and Clear Coatings 3–5 % for Glazes. Product may freeze in extreme temperatures. Just de-frost slowly, and shake very well. The final effect will not be compromised. As with all MIXOL®’s, be careful of over-saturation. MIXOL® Metallic Effect Tints are highly concentrated. Take extra care with transparent coatings. Remember a little MIXOL® goes a long way! The Silver Effect Tint may be incompatible in highly alkaline materials (blistering due to Aluminum content). Solvent based materials should be tested for compatibility. MIXOL® Metallic Effect Tints have a comparatively high water content which may cause incompatibilities with materials sensitive to water. The 15 Oxide-Type MIXOL®’s contain larger sized pigments that will cover the smaller Metallic Effect Pigments, obscuring any decorative effect.



MIXOL products are useable in nearly all solvent paints. There may be a few difficulties with aromatic free paints, but generally MIXOL works universally. The maximum usage amount is 3-5% per weight.

To ensure the stainer is compatible, you can do a simple preliminary-test:
Tint a small amount of the PU, stir in thoroughly and put the coloured paint on a sheet of paper.
Rub the paper tightly with your fingertip.
If the area you have rubbed appears a darker and stronger shade of colour, then the reason could be incompatibility (very rare!)
If you are using a 1-Component- Polyurethane-material, you can easily colour it up to a maximum
mixing amount of 3-5% per weight with the MIXOL tinting paste.

In case of a 2-Pack-PU-Material, attention should be paid to a few characteristics.
Because of their better compatibility please favour the "LW-Oxide-Types". You can easily recognize these with their red closing-caps. The highest mixing amount should also not exceed 3-5% of weight. (see above)

Additionally, we suggest to tint the resin fist, adding the hardener-component after.
In so doing you avoid any chance of a "cross-reaction" / incompatibility between the hardener, the small amount of water and technical alcohols in the MIXOL paste.


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