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03-17-2016 07:16 PM

I have some finishing to do this coming weekend, more of a utilitarian project, so I’d like to spray a gray-tinted waterborne lacquer with my Earlex 5500. I was going to go with Target EM6500, but I need it by next Friday, and I think that’d be cutting it too close. I see good reviews of the Kem Aqua Plus product, but I can’t seem to find it on their website.

Does anyone know if it’s still being sold? I’m going to swing by SW tomorrow, but was just curious, since I’m not seeing it listed.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.


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#1 posted 03-18-2016 12:05 PM

I found it on their site. Nothing saying that your local stores will carry it though. Last week I stopped by a local SW store and asked about it since I had read some good things about it here. That store didn’t carry it but called another in the area and that store did carry it.

http://oem.sherwin-williams.com/search?search=kem+aqua+plus&t=&x=5&y=19

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 12:45 PM

Thanks for the info, Scott. I swung by SW on the way into work today and asked. They didn’t have the plus, they had the regular KemAqua, and only one 5-gallon pail of it. I’m going to be in Rochester mid-week next week, and they have a commercial store there. I’m going to give them a call today to see if I can get a gallon of the Plus there.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 01:30 PM

Have you ever used the SW product before? I didn’t go to the other store because of time. I haven’t used it before. I’ve used the MinWax water based poly before and wasn’t real fond of it and have been looking for an alternative.

Just curious if you had any experience with this yet.

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 01:31 PM

I use it all the time, had to get my local SW to order it in, I buy in gallons, but in case lots.

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 01:45 PM

Ok. Basic question. What is it? Is it poly, is it lacquer, is it something else?

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#6 posted 03-18-2016 02:41 PM

Charles, have you had experience with the Kem Aqua Plus White? My understanding is that they can tint it to any color (I just need dark grey). Any idea why the stores seem to not have it on hand?

I called the local store, and the one in Rochester, and they’re seeing if they can get it in (a gallon each of the KA Plus White, and the KA Plus Surfacer).

Scott, it’s a waterborne lacquer. The ‘White’ version, to my understanding, can be used as-is, or as a base to tint to a desired color.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 03-18-2016 04:18 PM

That’s what I was thinking but I been reading way too much on the various finishes lately that they’re all starting to “run” together. Hey, I made joke there…

Any experience with Target EM6000? I have a project in the works that I’m struggling with a top coat finish for. I think it’s either down to the SW or Target lacquers.

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#8 posted 03-18-2016 04:22 PM

If you’re in NY, you can get TC products shipped to you in 2 days.

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#9 posted 03-18-2016 04:42 PM



If you re in NY, you can get TC products shipped to you in 2 days.

- ClammyBallz

I am in NY. Is that your experience with the standard shipping? I may need to give them a call this afternoon. I see they have 3-day and 2-day air shipping, but it seems to me that would take longer than ground shipping from NJ to NY.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 03-18-2016 05:01 PM

I’m in PA, every time I order via ground, I get it in 1-2 days. If you can, buy a couple gallons of product, it’s only a couple bucks more to add a gallon or two off the base shipping rate. Last time I ordered 6 gallons of product and it was only $26 to ship it. Add a couple items to the cart and play around with the freight. BTW, there’s always a coupon code for 25% off.

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 10:20 PM

Hey, Ed, I use and love the Target products, especially the EM6000. It comes standard in clear, white and black. However, you can have Target tint it to the SW color of your choice or you can have it tinted at a local SW store if they are willing to do it, some will, some won’t. The coloring mixing/ratio schedule is the same as for coloring the SW products.

I once tried to find some Chem Aqua to try (I wanted to avoid the shipping charge) and my local SW store was clueless and the SW web site isn’t much help either. Quarts from Target are really expensive to ship, IMO.

Also, you need to be aware that the Target products have a maximum shelf life of about 18 months. If you have any specific questions, call Jeff Weiss, Target President and a really nice guy.

-- Art

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#12 posted 03-21-2016 01:31 PM

Just got off the phone with Jeff at Target. Super nice guy to deal with, I ordered a gallon each of the HSF5000 primer/filler, EM6500 tinted to a Ben Moore color, and EM6000. He said I should have it Weds/Thurs, which takes a lot of the stress off me for the week. He asked why I was asking for a neutral HSF5000, versus the grey (my 6500 is going to end up a really dark grey), and when I told him that I wasn’t using it all on this project and didn’t want to be stuck with grey primer, he agreed, and said I can mix in 2-5% of the dark grey 6500 to make a grey primer, which I thought was cool. Also applied the current discount code to my order (minus the tinting).

So, my initial experience was great, hopefully the products live up to the hype I’ve read online.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#13 posted 03-25-2016 12:12 PM

Well, my order from Target, which I ordered on Monday, arrived yesterday. I have it, and the Earlex, sitting in the basement at 68 degrees, and I was able to get the garage to the low 60’s. Plan is to bring the project parts in overnight to warm up a bit, then do all of my spraying tomorrow, then bring them back in for 5 days to cure. Fingers crossed.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#14 posted 03-25-2016 01:53 PM

Looking forward to your opinion on the target stuff. Did you ever find the Kem Acqua? I’ve never used either one and looking for a good comparison between the two for an upcoming finish.

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#15 posted 03-25-2016 02:05 PM

I was never able to get the KA. The local store only had the 5-gallon pail of KA, and couldn’t get me the KA Plus. The commercial store in Rochester took my information and never got back to me. I’ll let you know about the Target.

I’m hoping that with 1.5-2 hrs between coats of the 5000, then 1-1.5 hours between coats of the 6500, I can get this all done tomorrow. I’m assuming I will probably need 2 or 3 coats of the 6500, but we shall see. The technical information on Target’s website shows drying times of 30-45 minutes, I assume that at 1-1.5 hours it should be sufficiently ready for the next coat. Is it safe to assume that if it is dry to the touch, it can be recoated?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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