Originally Posted by colorblind
I purchased 5- 5 gallon pails of paint. The color is too pink...almost like a fuschia. If it really looked like cranberry sauce it would be o.k.
I would like to make it darker...my siding is gray and my entrance doors are dark burgandy.
Then have them add some green (forrest green shade) some yellow and some brown. Again, in SMALL AMOUNTS and mark down EVERYTHING they're putting in there down to the drop! (eg. for a one gallon size I would put in about 4 drops green, 1 yellow, and 2 brown, so times 5 since it's a large pail. Now, not having seen the colour, don't quote me on that one!) Wherever you're at for colour, look at a colour wheel, and the OPPOSITE side of it is what's going to cancel out what you don't want.
And remember that piece of wood to have them sample it on as they go along, and never feel like you're a burdon, that's their job, and you're a customer, one who made a colour mistake yes, but one that also just spent alot of money there on stain and deserves to be treated with respect even if it takes them three or four tries to get it right.
Every item is different, but when I worked in paint our darker tint bases would take about 3Y of tint. (it's a unit of measure for tint here not sure if it's the same there, and if I recall right (it honestly has been years) there were 30 units (what most would call a "drop" as it doesn't look like much to one Y) After exceeding that 3Y it would ruin the paint.
Now for stain, I'm sorry I can't recall if it's the same I do think it was less than the paint. But every mfg will be slightly different as noted in other posts. Even calling the mfg before taking it in to find out would be a good idea so you have the knowledge going in even if they don't know!
It's sad these days that you as the consumer has to go in knowing more than the employee, but most of these places just don't pay enough nor train enough to get proper knowledgable staff running them.