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Old 05-24-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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I bought a gallon of dark gray/brown paint from SW and I have decided that I want to go quite a bit lighter. The tone is ok, but i would want to move up about 2-3 shades. Can I mix white with the existing paint to get what I want, or do I need to just buy a new gallon of paint?

Also - is there a real need to spend the extra money and get SW or Ben Moore paint, or is it ok to get Home Depot/Lowe's paint?

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Old 05-25-2010, 07:03 PM   #2
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I'd take the paint back to the store and ask them to help you out. Maybe you can mix it, maybe not, I'd take their opinion over mine.. As for where you buy your paint,, remember the saying,, You get what you pay for.

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Dude has it ---Mix with the same brand and quality. The wrong color is one thing --

Messing up the way a paint spreads and covers would be a waste of time and money.
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Sorry - I meant that as two separate questions. If I mix with white, it'll be the same brand.

The HD/Lowe's question was separate, more general.
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Same paint --no problem. You may have to mix a little test batch using measuring spoons to figure out the right proportions.

As to your second question--Valspar from Lowes is so thin and watery that you will end up dumping the paint and starting over with a good paint.

Behr paint is better but is to thick--will not flow out of the brush well when cutting.

Gliddens best works well.

I stick with Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams.--BM has a contractor grade which is cheaper and is a fine paint.--Mike---
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