Colorant FAQs

1. Has the label content/language changed conform with the GHS requirements?+

Yes, CCA labels have been updated to reflect the recent GHS requirements. Click here to read more.

2. How do I select the right colorant line for my coating/paint?+

Most paints and coatings types are referenced in the Sell Sheet recommendations for our colorants.  If you don’t see yours listed, contact our Technical Service hotline or your distributor representative for advice and recommendations.

3. What is a POS colorant?+

POS stands for “point-of-sale” and this refers to the process where colorant is dispensed, in a store, into containers of finished paints that are being sold directly to the person who will be applying the paint.

4. How is a POS colorant different from an in-plant colorant?+

POS colorants are typically controlled for color and strength volumetrically and are added to paints by the ounce (oz) or milliliter (ml), while in-plant colorants are typically controlled for color and strength gravimetrically, and are added to paints and coatings by the pound (lb) or Kilogram (Kg).

5. Do CCA colorants contain a preservative package. +

Yes, they contain preservatives effective at preventing bacterial and fungal growth.

6. Can I buy colorants directly from CCA?+

Sometimes.  But, more likely, you will obtain CCA products from one of our distributors.

7. How do I obtain samples of CCA colorants to test in my coatings?+

Samples can be obtained by submitting a sample request for the colorants listed on this website.

8. What container sizes are available for CCA colorants?+

POS colorants are typically packaged in metal quarts and in plastic quarts, liters, and gallons.  In-plant colorants are typically packaged in 5 gal pails, 55 gallon drums, and totes.  Special arrangements can often be accommodated, going through Customer Service with your specific request.

9. What types of colorants does CCA make and sell?+

Solventborne and waterborne, Architectural, Industrial and Specialty, in-plant and POS liquid colorants.  See our product line guide for more detail.

10. What is a Universal colorant?+

One that can be used to color both waterborne emulsion-based and solventborne long oil alkyd house paints.

11. I need to make a bright red coating with good hiding and color retention.  What colorant should I choose? +

Pigment type will play the biggest role, and specific coatings’ performance requirements will usually dictate the right one to use.    Contact our Technical Service hotline or your distributor representative for advice and recommendations. 

12. What is a Color Index name? +

Each color pigment has a Color Index Name (number) that is specific to its chemical composition.

13. How do I request literature on a specific colorant line?+