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Old 11-24-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Help! - Bought same paint from different stores

I applied one coat of a Benjamin Moore to my walls...and then bought the same Benjamin Moore paint from a different store. But when I applied the new paint....its drying much darker. How can it be darker if its the same color? Everything matches, the color, corresponding number, even the "color ingrediants" listed on the can are the same. Did the second store screw up when mixing?


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Old 11-24-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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Do you have a printed colour swatch showing what the colour of the paint SHOULD be, or was this a custom tint?

My guess is that someone mistinted one of those cans.

Every latex paint will darken as it dries, but if you have two cans of the same tint base tinted to the same tint formula, then they should both go on the same colour and dry to the same colour.

Otherwise one's a mistint.


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Old 11-24-2008, 09:21 PM   #3
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The calibration on the two machines dosing the pigments could have been slightly different - one high and one low, but definite sign of lack of professionality.

It could have just been a difference between the shops. You could always check if your bring in a piece to scan and compare to the actually bought for the start of the job. That is arguement to go back to the same place if your really want uniform colors, hues and tints to match. The only thing to match is odors, which is really very personal.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:26 PM   #4
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Rule of thumb when using paint.
Make sure it is from the same store.
Even if it is from the same store you should try to always mix your paint together when you are ready to paint.
Even if it is from the same machine it might be just a bit off from each other so you mix them to ensure they will be the same.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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Other possibilities...

I tint a H*ll of a lot of paint where I'm at...NOT a big-box!!

* The tint-base could be wrong within that product series. Check the base numbers. Light/white bases have much more TI02 in them than darker tint-bases.
* Qt. formula accidentally shot into a gallon. Check the Oz's & Shots.
* Sometimes one "color name" has different formula's for each paint-series within the same overall brand.
* Tinters are rarely "off" enough to make much of a difference between stores. You'd only notice it on light shades...if then.
* Was each store using actual BM colorants??
* Or, someone just dispensed the wrong amount...even if the labels DO match, it's not 100% guaranteed that's what was actually dispensed...ESPECIALLY with manual tinters.

What kind of tinter was each store using??
(We've got 3 computerized auto-tinters, and a manual)

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What color was your primer coat, or the wall color you painted over? If it was a light color, it could have just been bleeding through your first coat of new paint, making it appear lighter than it really was. The second coat isn't allowing any of the lighter color to bleed through, making it appear darker.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:18 PM   #7
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Compare to the "chip" of what the color is supposed to be
This should tell you which, if either, gallon is "correct"

Check to see if both are the same bases (pastel, medium, deep, ultra)

The stores in question could be more or less careful about calibrating their machines

Also one could have been double tinted

First thing, check which one is off
Bring that one back to that store, and show them it's off compared to the chip
They should give you a correct gallon


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