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7.62 11-06-2013 07:45 PM

If ya mixed two paint lines...
...what's the worst that could happen? Customer has a quart of Aura Bath and Spa (matte) left and about 3 quarts of Regal Select (matte) in the same color. They want me to paint a small bedroom and I think we could get it done in a gallon.

I've never done this before and haven't mentioned the idea to the customer, but it would save them a decent chunk of change.

joecaption 11-06-2013 07:51 PM

Near impossible to match if you run out of paint and have to get more. In the middle of the job.

princelake 11-06-2013 07:57 PM

i'd mix them up real good and use it if you know you'll have enough. worst that can happen is that your short and you have to buy more. and in that case you'll have to paint 1 full coat again.

Gymschu 11-06-2013 08:15 PM

I've done it before. It's nice to have some Floetrol to make it more workable and to ensure you have enough……..

Matthewt1970 11-06-2013 09:04 PM

What they said.

jponto07 11-06-2013 09:11 PM


Originally Posted by 7.62 (Post 1263264)
... but it would save them a decent chunk of change.

Is your profit margin really That tight on this job??

chrisn 11-07-2013 04:42 AM

I wouldn't do it, you should not be worried about the cost of the paint anyway

jeffnc 11-07-2013 07:01 AM

According to the manufacturers, the answer is going to be "unknown".

It's hard to imagine anything going wrong, but on the off chance it does, you'll be repainting it. I've seen inexplicable things go wrong before. But I'd try it.

As far as matching in the future, it would be no harder than matching paint on a wall where you don't have the original paint to begin with.

PoleCat 11-07-2013 07:39 AM

I have done it in the past. Boss kept switching suppliers on us. Never had an issue. Maybe we got lucky?

JasperST 11-07-2013 09:40 AM

I've mixed all kinds of paints, as long as it was water to water and oil based to oil, I didn't worry about it, this was mostly outdoor stuff but interior work as well. Never had a problem, some didn't mix well so I didn't use them.

That said, if you don't get it done with the one gallon, you're screwed and will have to start all over again. Probably at your expense. I don't see how it's going to save them a decent amount of money either.

KD PAINTING 11-08-2013 06:04 PM

If ya mixed two paint lines...
Mix them up really well and you should be good to go... good luck!

Brushjockey 11-09-2013 08:54 AM

Where I have used this is for first coats to change a color. I will mix leftover paints close and the final will be the real thing. Sometimes it's still not worth it if the final has any thin spots or the first color wasn't close enough.

Jmayspaint 11-09-2013 09:19 AM

".....what's the worst that could happen"

The worst thing is that you void any product warranties. Mixing two different paints takes any responsibility for potential product failure off of the manufacturer and onto you..... How big of a deal that is varies depending on the particular job/client.

I have done it many times myself and never had a problem... Outside of those mentioned like not having enough and needing to match the mix.

M_bisson 11-10-2013 03:01 PM

I do this a lot. To tint a primer. Or just mix leftovers together for block fill or priming.

chiraldude 11-16-2013 06:17 PM

Paint mixing
Habitat for Humanity mixes used latex paint in 50 gallon drums and uses it for their houses.

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