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Turn your paint into a long lasting air freshener!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Paint SCENTsations, has been one of the many new products we carry in the retail store!This new and creative technology has given the painting experience a whole new meaning to a fresh coat of paint, you can literally make it smell fresh! Whether you’re trying to bring some new life into an old room or repainting rental units, showing a house on the market, or just trying to eradicate smoke and pet odors, this is sure to leave a long lasting impression!

These small one ounce packets produce a pleasant scent and helps eliminate odors for 3-4 months. This product is zero VOC; produced from natural oils and flower extracts! We recommend 1 packet per gallon and 2-3 packets per 5 Gallons if used in the same unit.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our retail store!

Available scents

Fresh Air

Spring Rain

Sea Breeze     

Cool Linen

Clean & Crisp

Vanilla Bean

Herbal Mist

Citrus Squeeze


Friday, February 8th, 2013


  NGR, Sap, Equalizing, and dye stains – These should be spray applied and only a very light coat is required, usually two or less wet mils. Anything heavier than this and puddling will occur which will result in a mottled look. They are fast dry and usually re-coatable in a manner of 20-30 seconds.


Spray Stains – These types of stains are ready to spray out of the container and as described, should be spray applied. As above, a light coat is all that is necessary, again, two or less wet mils. They also are generally fast drying and ready to seal in four to five minutes. Containers should be vigorously agitated prior to use and checked to insure that all pigments are off the bottom of the container. They should be lightly agitated during use.


Airless spray stain application


Wiping Stains- These stains are usually ready to use out of the containers. They also should be vigorously agitated before use and the bottoms checked for sediment. They also need to be lightly agitated during use. These stains require a heavier application, essentially flooding the wood substrate. A “dwell” or open time is typically allowed, anywhere from ten seconds to two minutes and then the excess stain is wiped off completely with a soft rag. They usually are spray applied but may be hand wiped or brushed on. Depending upon the formulation, dry times could be as quick as ten minutes or as long as 24 hours.


By Brent Miller

End of the year cleaning?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

If you’re anything like me, you don’t do “spring cleaning” you do end of the year cleaning. I have filled our truck twice with donations and garbage in the last few weeks, and there are still a few closets left. One of the things I had to think about in the midst of all this though is what is safe to throw away? Especially when cleaning the garage.  I know that I personally have 20 or more partial gallons of paint in my garage. What are you supposed to do with that?

Working in a paint factory, I understand that you can’t just put your used paint gallons in the garbage, or rinse things out down the sink. I also know that there is now a solution for all those partial gallons of paint in the garage. Bring it on down to Forrest Paint!

Forrest Paint Company is a drop-off site for the Paint Care program. Since July 2011, Forrest Paint Company has collected over 68,000 partial gallons of paint. And we don’t just take back our own brand, we take ALL brands of paint.


If you have any of the following, we will take it.


  • Exterior and Interior Paints: latex, acrylic, water-based, alkyd, oil-based and enamels (all types of finishes and sheens including textured coatings)
  • Deck Coatings and Floor Paints (including elastomerics)
  • Lacquers, Lacquer Sanding Sealers and Lacquer Stains
  • Melamine, Metal and Rust Preventatives
  • Primers, Undercoatings, and Sealers
  • Stains and Shellacs
  • Swimming Pool Paints (single component)
  • Varnishes and Urethanes (single component)
  • Waterproofing, Sealers and Repellants for concrete, masonry or wood (no tar or bitumen based)
  • Wood Coatings (containing no pesticides)


The most common items that we can’t accept are for the following reasons


  • Empty containers
  • Paint not in original containers
  • No original label on container
  • Aerosol or Spray paints
  • Products that say “For Industrial Use Only”


For a complete list of what is and isn’t covered, you can call 1.800.CLEANUP or visit  Also, we are not the only collection site, so if you are not in our area and you want to dispose of these things properly, please call and find a drop off site near you. Good luck and Happy New Year!!!

By Brenda Williams

Environmental Consciousness

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Being conscious of our impact on our community and the environment has always been important to Forrest Paint Co. Since our inception we have consistently worked to make our facility safer for our employees and to minimize our effects on the environment. As a chemical company, we are one of the most self regulated businesses in our area. We have done many things over the years to improve the health and safety of our plant.

For instance, early in our history  Forrest Paint eliminated most of the chemicals often assumed to be in paint which cause the most environmental and health problems.  We do not use lead, mercury, chlorofluorocarbons, or methylene chloride. In 2000 we also installed a Biofilter that processes and cleans the air from our plant by using microbes that “eat” the solvents. This process uses much less natural gas than most treatment methods.

Another exciting development in our progress is our water treatment. In the late 1980’s we voluntarily began the Ground Water Remediation project. Wherein we test and/or treat our ground water. Over the years, our ground water has improved so much that the DEQ has deemed it unnecessary to continue with the project.

We have always worked very closely with regulatory agencies at all levels to ensure our knowledge of and compliance with current and future regulations. Over the years we have been inspected by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), both Oregon and Federal, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority (LRAPA), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and our local Fire Marshall. We regularly consult with some of these organizations to review our progress and our plans for the future. We are also a member of the American Coatings Association and take part in the Paint Care program.

Forrest Paint is concerned about any effect our facility and our products might have on the community.  We will continue to work toward making our plant and our products safer for our employees, our neighbors, our customers, and our environment.

By Brenda Williams

Choosing The Right Industrial Paint

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

As a manufacturer, painting is an essential step in the overall process of getting your products in the “hands” of the consumer! A consumer’s attention is caught by color however; protection is an equal factor when painting. Selecting the proper coating will ensure the best long term performance for your job. One of the first things to consider in choosing your paint is the item being painted. Is it wood, metal, plastic concrete, etc.? The chemistry of the paint allows manufacturers to deliver coatings targeted to each specific substrate. In an industrial environment, will your paint be inside or exposed to UV rays and the weather outside? Will it be subject to any harsh chemicals, water, or extreme heat?

Protection and esthetics are the two reasons for painting, and Forrest Paint Co. will help you with the best painting option in your industrial setting. Lighting and sheen levels are also very important factors when selecting your paint. Different lighting sources will definitely alter the appearance of your color so always determine the type of lighting your paint will be viewed in when making your color choice. The gloss (sheen level) is another important consideration in your choice of paint. It can range from flat to glossy and has an impact on the appearance and performance of your paint.

Forrest Paint Co. is among the world leaders in heat resistant technology that manufactures a wide variety of coatings used globally in various markets and industries. We have chemists, application and technical experts ready to guide you through your difficult decision. We can adapt coatings to application equipment, pretreatment conditions and manufacturer’s line parameters, to ensure the best success! Whether you need powder, liquid or aerosol paint, Forrest Paint Co. has what you need.

Today when choosing the right paint, you need to be as informed as possible for optimal results. From changing environmental laws to raw materials to its chemical makeup, Forrest Paint Co. will support and guide you in making the best decision. Our commitment to excellence is just part of our connection to our consumers – Together Start to Finish!

By George Ardolino

Prepare to Paint your Stove

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

There are many reasons people paint their wood or pellet stove.  Whether to refurbish the finish or simply to change color, a successful paint job on a wood or pellet stove really depends upon good surface preparation.

 There are varying conditions that require different approaches to surface preparation.  For instance, if your stove’s finish appears intact without blemishes or rust, then you can simply do the following:

 Using 180 grit sand paper or a medium coarse pad lightly scuff the existing paint finish

  1. Using Acetone* on a clean white cotton cloth, wipe the surface to remove debris from the scuffing process and have a nice clean surface
  2. Allow the Acetone* to evaporate (about 5 minutes)
  3. Apply the paint in two light coats

 * NOTE:  Take care to read and follow instructions for the proper use of Acetone.

 If your stove has any rust, it is very important that you remove all of the rust.  We do not recommend using any type of chemical treatment to remove or “capture the rust”.  These chemicals can leave a residue that will hinder the adhesion of the high temperature paint.  To remove rust with abrasion you can use a wire wheel attachment on a drill, or a wire brush, or sand paper that is coarse and designed to remove rust and paint from metal.  Once the rust has been removed, you can follow the instructions above to scuff the remaining coating and clean the surface with Acetone before painting.

 If your stove has loose paint, or has been painted more than once in the past, then you may find that you get the best results by removing the paint to prepare the surface.  Again, using abrasion with a wire wheel, a wire brush, or sanding will remove most paint from metal.  You may also find using Lacquer Thinner* and a coarse Scotch-Brite pad to remove the paint.

 * NOTE:  Take care to read and follow instructions for the proper use of Lacquer Thinner.


Barbeque Cleaning Tips

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

If you want to keep your barbeque nice and in good working condition for many years to come, give it some TLC and clean it from time to time.  Here are a few product suggestions and other tips that will make your process easier.

For the outside of a stainless steel barbeque, our Stove Bright® Stainless Steel Cleaner (81Y001B16) works great. Shake the bottle well, spray on and let sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean with a clean, dry cloth. For difficult stains, multiple applications may be necessary. This product also works great on porcelain, ceramic, chrome and aluminum. For the outside of coated BBQ’s, we recommend the use of good old fashioned water and a clean cloth. 

As for the grill, we recommend our Stove Bright ® BBQ Grill Cleaner (03Y010). Remove from BBQ and lay out on some plastic, spray thoroughly with grill cleaner and let sit for about 10-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Regular cleaning will make the process as simple as spray it on, wait, and rinse!  For less frequent cleanings with heavy burnt on deposits; a repeat of the process and/or mild agitation with a wire brush may be required.  Your grill will look as good as new!

Safety First!  Whenever using a chemical cleaner be sure to wear protective eyewear, waterproof gloves, and protective clothing.

And last but not least, please remember to always cover your BBQ when not in use to prevent oxidization, requiring you to repaint.