The fourth Color Me Boysen DIY video is about the following tips when using Boysen colorants:

  1. Always use the same product family for your base paint and your colorant.
  2. The recommended ratio of colorant to paint is 1:16
  3. Paint color darkens when it is dry.
  4. Mix enough paint for your surface area.

Use the Same Boysen Product Family

This is very important to remember. Paint and colorant should be chemically compatible otherwise your paint job will most probably have paint problems. You can fix it but that’s a waste of time, effort and expense, so it’s best to do the job right the first time.

For Boysen products, make sure that you match the paint and colorant as indicated below.

Tips on Using Boysen Colorants | MyBoysen

For example, if you will be using Boysen Quick Drying Enamel paint, which is oil-based, then use Boysen Oil Tinting Color for the colorant.

If you’re a DIY beginner, spend some time to watch this Boysen Painting 101 video so that you have a better grasp on how to proceed with your paint project. The video provides information—from the different surfaces to be painted on, types and sizes of brushes, surface preparation to painting.

The Ideal Ratio is 1:16

Boysen colorants come in 1/4-liter and 1-liter cans. We’ve made it easier for you because our white paint comes in 1-liter, 4-liter, and 16-liter cans.

In other words, if you are using the 1/4-liter can of colorant, then you use the 4-liter can of paint.

Using tinting colors would give you pastel colors. If you want darker paint hues, please use the readily available colors that you will find in the Boysen Mix and Match Stations. Click on this link so you will find the station in the home depot closest to your location. You can also choose other colors from the swatches available there, which will be mixed for you at the station.

Paint Colors Darken When Dry

If you are testing colors on your surface, please remember that wet paint looks lighter than dry paint. So if you want to know what the real color looks like, wait a few hours.

The popular Boysen Permacoat, a 100% arylic latex paint, takes two hours for the top coat to dry.

Just remember that if you choose a darker paint color, the tone change will be more, compared to that of a pastel paint color. Also, the paint finish or sheen (whether the paint is glossy or matte), also affects the color when a room is fully-painted because the light that bounces on the walls intensify the color of the room.

Mix Enough Paint for Your Surface Area

Before you buy your paint, you have to compute how much paint you would need. It is important that when you’re using colorants, you have to mix the whole batch that you would be needing. Otherwise, you may encounter differences in tints, tones, or shades.

But if you don’t care much about the accuracy of the color in your room, or if you’re going for the monochromatic look (even if by accident), then go ahead with buying in installments.

For the Boysen paint products, if you have a 4-liter can, you can paint a 25 to 30 sqm surface area per coat. Or as shown in the video, you can paint a 7 sqm area with a 1-liter can of paint.

Click this link to find out more about coverage and the amount of paint you would need to buy.

Color Me Boysen Series

Watch the other videos of the Color Me Boysen series to know how to go about mixing your own exclusive pastel color. Yes, you read it right. You can come up with your own paint color that is uniquely yours, just by calibrating the amount of colorant that you will mix with your base paint.

The Color Wheel Using Boysen Colorants
How to Mix Colors for Tint and Tone
Basic Color Schemes to Help You Create a Paint Palette

Need more help? Dial (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours and talk to our Technical team. Or you can also write an email to


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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