Though i had ordered water-based Dark Oak, I was literally shocked when I opened the can, and even after stirring saw that what I had was a can of paint that was very light-colored tan.
I called the supplier, who offered no assistance, so I called the manufacturer, who asked me to apply a coat to the fence and see If it gave me what I wanted. I did, and it didn’t. As I was putting the lid back on the can, a noticed a fairly thick layer of “gunk” on the lid. I thought this might be undissolved pigment, so I scraped it off into the paint, and stirred it a lot, hoping it wasn’t too dry to dissolve. Slowly the paint began to darken, but not yet to the color i needed. I went to the fence and applied this “new color” to the fence, but it was still not the color I wanted. That is, until about 20 minutes later, as it dried (in 75 degree weather), it miraculously changed into the “Dark Oak” I was expecting in the first place. I ended up being quite satisfied with the product. I think that every can should be shipped with a page stating: “This paint will dry much darker than the initial application coat”. It would have spared me a lot of consternation.