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Mason Color Vs Us Pigment?

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Between these two companies that make stains -- are they comparable/interchangeable?  I have always ordered Mason Color stains because that's what my local suppliers stock. I knew US Pigment existed but I never ordered from them or really looked into their product until now.  

 

Need to order stains and after looking at price comparison I'm seeing the US Pigment stains are significantly less expensive, some of them at 1/2 price and now I'm wondering why?

 

Two examples:

Mason Color Canary Yellow #6410 = ~$29/lb.......US Pigments Canary Yellow #6410 = $15/lb

Mason Color Dark Red #6021 = ~$53/lb...............US Pigments Dark Red #6021 = $29/lb

 

The code/# for the stains and names are exactly the same, so I'm wondering how interchangeable they are between companies?  Any reason to stick with Mason Color?

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I cannot answer in terms of the difference in the two companies since I have only used Mason ... but I do know another colored clay artist who uses US Pigments for specific colors that Mason does not have and he seems happy with the results.

 

As to pricing ... it is weird. Two different clay suppliers will have the same Mason stain for sale at wildly different pricing.

I have NO idea why, so it always pays to shop around.

 

As to why I have stayed with Mason ... have never yet had any problem caused by them.

 

I have however suffered self inflicted problems over the years and have called them for help and have been totally impressed.

This is a company that sells color by the ton ... yet their lab people treated my five pound issue with total respect and helpfulness.

Got a customer for life that way.

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I cannot answer in terms of the difference in the two companies since I have only used Mason ... but I do know another colored clay artist who uses US Pigments for specific colors that Mason does not have and he seems happy with the results.

 

As to pricing ... it is weird. Two different clay suppliers will have the same Mason stain for sale at wildly different pricing.

I have NO idea why, so it always pays to shop around.

 

As to why I have stayed with Mason ... have never yet had any problem caused by them.

 

I have however suffered self inflicted problems over the years and have called them for help and have been totally impressed.

This is a company that sells color by the ton ... yet their lab people treated my five pound issue with total respect and helpfulness.

Got a customer for life that way.

Completely understand - I've never really had any issues either so it's why we've always used their product.  Talked with Mason's techs about a problem we did have once and like said they were very helpful and respectful for our "little problem".

 

They're the same products. US Pigment sells Mason. So buy the cheaper one.

Great to know!  Figured this day and age there wouldn't likely be many manufacturers globally for this type of product, it all likely comes from the same place. Going to give them a shot and order a bunch of different stains.

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I have dealt with US pigments for decades and they have been fine. I have used their mason stains but not the ones you are thinking about with zero issues.Mostly black and greys.

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