Color Wall  

Smith’s Color Wall is a water-based extra-strength stain manufactured as a decorative and breathable protective stain for porous vertical surfaces. It is an excellent tool for creating realistic rockscapes as well as natural color for retaining walls. Smith’s Color Wall incorporates increased pigment solids for easily controlled color depth while achieving a satin natural appearance. Superior adhesion to interior and exterior concrete, brick, plaster, stucco and terra cotta allows the user to apply this stain to a variety surfaces. These stains are water submersible, alkali, weather and ultraviolet-light resistant after a minimal drying time of 48 hours. A sealer is recommended for applications exposed to excessive surface wear. Smith’s Color Wall is not compatible with Methyl Methacrylate or penetrating (e.g. sodium silicate) sealers.

Color Wall stains are best applied to large areas via an airless paint sprayer using 65-70 pounds of pressure and a #13 paint tip. For smaller areas and touchups use a Hudson sprayer, High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP), spray bottle, sea sponge or bristle brush. A variegated or natural finish can be achieved through the various absorbencies of the surface material as well as the accumulation of color pigments.


  • Low Odor
  • Low VOC
  • Weather Resistant
  • Ultra Violet Light Resistant
  • Alkali Resistant
  • Water Submersible
  • Fast Air Dry
  • Overnight Deliverable - No Red Label

May contribute to LEED credits

  • EQ Credit 4.2 Low-Emitting Materials: Paints & Coatings
  • MR Credit 5.1 Regional Materials: 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally
  • MR Credit 5.2 Regional Materials: 20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally

Technical Documents
Product Data Sheet / Application Instructions
Material Safety Data Sheet



FAQs - Color Wall

What are the differences between Smith’s Color Wall and regular exterior paint systems?

Smith’s Color Wall is a waterborne acrylic system designed for application on porous vertical surfaces. Simply misting via an airless or HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) sprayer allows the applicator to achieve a natural faux finish without the hassles of ragging or sponging. Smith’s Color Wall provides a water submersible, weather and UV light resistant coating while enhancing the beauty of the applied surface. Standard acrylic house paints are designed to give hi-hide monotone or painted appearance.

What is the difference between Smith’s Color Wall and Smith’s Color Floor?

Smith’s Color Wall has a satin appearance when dry while Smith’s Color Floor achieves a semi-gloss appearance when dry.

What are the differences between Smith’s Color Wall and a sponge or rag application appearance?

Time and effort! Simply spray Smith’s Color Wall onto the vertical surface. You do not have to dab, sponge, towel, etc. Smith’s Color Wall dries to a variegated natural appearance. Sponging and rag application will achieve a similar finish, but will take more time and effort.

What are the difference between the Smith’s Color Wall Classic and Old World Series?

Classic Series are semi-transparent stains that achieve a natural variegation of color when mixed at the recommended dilution. The Classic Series can be used as a “High Hide” stain by simply mixing 1 part concentrate to 1 part distilled water. This application is an effective tool when staining discolored stucco or refurbishing older rockscapes.

Old World Series are transparent stains that achieve drastic variation in colors similar to acid stains. The colors shift from dark hues to light hints of the applied color.

Can I just add water to Smith’s Color Wall concentrates?

No. Independent research has shown that “hard” water (water with excess amount of magnesium, calcium and various other charged ions) has a negative reaction with Smith’s Color Wall concentrates. As a result of this reaction, you will adversely affect the optimal adhesion and longevity of our product. Furthermore, we have found that water is not consistent over time, even from the same source. Therefore, the use of distilled, deionized or reverse osmosis water is recommended.

Can I increase or decrease the dilution ratio?

Smith’s Color Wall is supplied as a concentrate. The recommended dilution ratio is 1 part concentrate to 4 parts distilled, deionized or reverse osmosis water. Mixing the Smith’s Color Wall concentrate with distilled, deionized or reverse osmosis water will result in ready to use stain.

Thinning Increased transparency as well as lighter color shade can be achieved by increasing the dilution ratio (amount of water to concentrate). The dilution ratio should not surpass 1 part concentrate to 6 parts distilled, deionized or reverse osmosis water. Note As dilution ratio increases, the amount of vehicle solids (glue) decreases resulting in a less durable stain.

High Hide Decreasing the dilution ratio (e.g. 1 part concentrate to 1 part water) will increase hide or opacity. This allows the applicator to cover stains and blemishes as well as achieve uniformity on different surfaces. A natural variegated appearance is still achieved at lower dilution rates.

Should I mix any additives into the stucco or masonry product?

Adding an acrylic fortifier will enhance the strength and adhesion of Smith’s Color Wall to a stucco or masonry surface. We strongly recommend the use of an acrylic fortifier when applying a “sand finish” stucco to your wall.

Can I use Smith’s Color Wall as an integral color for stucco?

Yes, you can use Smith’s Color Wall as an integral color as well as a topical stain for stucco

How long should I wait after troweling a new wall before applying Smith’s Color Wall?

A minimum of 24 hours dry time depending on temperature, humidity and air flow. Optimal drying conditions are 70°F and 30% relative humidity.

What if it rains after I apply Smith’s Color Wall?

As long as the Smith’s Color Wall is dry to the touch, exposure to rain will not be a problem. Allow for 48 hours of dry time before submerging into water. Application of material in colder weather or higher humidity can extend the drying time requirements.

How should I apply Smith’s Color Wall?

Smith’s Color Wall is best applied to large areas via an airless sprayer, HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure), or production gun. For smaller areas and touchups, the use of a spray bottle, sea sponge and bristle brush may be used to apply the stain. We recommend creating a “mist” of Smith’s Color Wall to achieve a variegated finish. Remember, the variation in surface absorbency is what creates the different hues of color. Using a paint roller will result in mechanical lines or roller marks.

What types of material/surfaces can I apply Smith’s Color Wall?

Smith’s Color Wall has superior adhesion to concrete, stucco, terra cotta, plaster, brick and natural stone. In general, Smith’s Color Wall was developed for application onto porous mediums.

Are Smith’s Color Wall colors consistent and dependable?

Smith’s Color Wall colors are created with high quality pigments resulting in a consistent and dependable coating. Due to the transparent natural appearance of Smith’s Color Wall stains, the color of the underlying surface (i.e. gray, white, etc) will have an effect on the finished appearance.

Will the colors fade in sunlight?

Smith’s Color Wall stains are Ultra Violet (UV) light resistant. As a result, surfaces will have colors that remain bright and beautiful.

Can I mix the different Smith’s Color Wall coatings to create a new color?

All Smith’s Color Wall colors are compatible, thus can be mixed, sprayed simultaneously and layered to achieve a desired appearance or color

Can I freeze this product?

Smith’s Color Wall is not freeze thaw stable in the liquid form. However, this product can be applied to surfaces that are exposed to freezing temperatures after full cure.

Should I apply a clear sealer over Smith’s Color Wall?

The use of a sealer depends on surface wear. If the application area does have surface wear (e.g. climbing, rubbing, etc) we recommend applying Smith's Seal WB. Smith’s Color Wall is compatible with single and two component epoxies, urethane, solvent and water-based sealers. If the application area is not exposed to surface wear (e.g. retaining walls, side of house), the application of a sealer is not necessary. In short, view the clear sealer as added protection.

WARNING: Smith's Color Wall is not compatible with Methyl Methacrylate. In addition, “penetrating” (e.g. sodium silicate) sealers will not penetrate Smith’s Color Wall, thus will not provide any protection.

How much time should I allow before applying a clear sealer?

Smith Paint Products recommends 24 hours before applying a clear sealer over Smith’s Color Wall.

What can I do if a scrape or blemish appears on my wall?

Simply dip a clean cloth or foam brush into Smith’s Color Wall stain. Lightly dab the blemish or scrape with Smith’s Color Wall. As Smith’s Color Wall begins to dry, the scrape or blemish will disappear into the surface.

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2200 Paxton Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111-1038

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