General Finishes Ready To Match Stain System

RTM - Ready to Match Stain System

General Finishes Ready To Match (RTM) Stain System is a waterbase color matching system designed to make your color matching ability a breeze! This system consists of 10 standard stain bases and a clear that are intermixed to make an endless amount of rich, deep colors.


The RTM System saves time and money by doing the work for you. You receive 150 custom colors on Maple and Oak. Use our large 4X5 color chips as your own color selection, supplied in an attractive wooden box for a professional looking stain display. General Finishes color chips are made with cabinet grade plywood. Maple on one side and Oak on the other. Each chip is labeled with the formula right on the chip for quick, easy reference.

Ready To Mix Stain System From General Finishes

Use the RTM System to create your own custom colors. Colors can by mixed by weight or volume which allows you to make consistent colors time after time. The RTM System can be used under any water base or solvent base sealers or top coats. The RTM System can be used with any Fillon mixing machine.

Fillon Minimax 150 mixing machine

If you don't want to purchase the mixing machine you can still use the mixing lids.

RTM-Mixing Stain with Mixer Lid

Available for both  Quart and Gallon size. There is not a better way to mix and dispense stains.

  • Can be spray or hand applied
  • 10 Stain Concentrates
  • Unlimited Color Matching Capabilities
  • Hundreds of Standard Color Chips
  • Formula Book, Reference Chips
  • Excel Formula Calculator
  • Mixing Supplies
  • Expandable Mixing Station Available
  • Low VOC's, Non Flammable, Water Clean Up


Tint White

Raw Sienna

Golden Brown

Trans Red Oxide


Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Tavern Brown


Tint Black


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Eagle Paint and Wallpaper's comments on General Finishes and RTM

3 years 14 weeks ago

Courtesy of Eagle Paint and Wall Paper Blog Post

General Finishes may be a new name to most reading this blog post, because their primary focus is not on their image or appearing to be the biggest– they’re concerned with being the best. Having the best products, and having the best support for retailers that they can is their goal.  Those who have had hands on experiences with their stains can say with certainty that it’s remarkable. One of our favorites here is the Ready to Match stains. This water based stain system is virtually a toy-box to us here; the 140 4x5in chips allows us to match even some of the most obscure colors customers have requested! The colors possible from this system don’t stop at 140- by going between colors using the deep rich tints, we can match virtually anything. The tint strength alone is something other stains just do not have.

For example: Recently a customer brought in a burnt orange stain, on 100 year old chestnut wood. It was aged, and had a deep patina finish. There’s no way to duplicate that with any other stain. With the RTM system, Van Pisarri (our stain maestro) could find a chip near it, and use the excellent tints to match the color perfectly. He was even able to match the aged look- he was not stuck with the typical “clear plastic finish” that other products can have! Further, these stains retain this richness, as a VOC compliant waterborne! For those not familiar with paint industry jargon, that’s a remarkable feat. This is performance that other oil base stains, (Which in general are superior to waterborne products) aren’t capable of! This VOC compliant waterborne has a minimal odor, a fast drying time (allowing for several coats in the same day), and isn’t flammable.

This excellence continues through General Finishes other product offerings as well. Their Enduro-Var water base looks like an oil, flows like an oil, but works like a typical water base. It dries in an hour, as opposed to the 8 that’s typical of oil stains. It’s two times harder than other water base topcoats!  It’s ideal for floors, kitchen cabinets, etc. The durability is excellent. Even their Gel Stain offerings are excellent, again possessing deep rich colors. Succinctly stated: Every niche is covered. Product to product, every offering is dialed in, and an improvement on what’s out there.

For those curious about the company and their ethos, let me state: They’re a company that stands by its products, its dealers, and its customers. This is a model that nearly every business will tell you they follow, but few really do. This model is worthy of mention as several larger companies are now shifting towards a different mindset. Being frank, in a recession, other companies have put quality on the chopping block for consideration, and raised their prices on retailers. In recent days, support from them is nearly evaporating. In the down economy, some companies have opted to take more of the pie, making up for lost revenues by milking it from independent retailers. General Finishes, Farrow and Ball, just to name two, have not engaged in these practices.

The Bottom line: It’s a very ethically run small company, putting out top tier products that are straight out better than other offerings.