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Tool Junkie 06-25-2008 03:38 PM

Lowes American Tradition Paint

I'm having a problem with Lowes Paint. I'm on my 3rd pint of Lowes paint all different colors and they all seem to be a shade or 2 off from the swatch. I know, I know B. Moore is what I usually use but they did not have the color i wanted and i didnt want to start with color matching. any one else has this problem? I m wondering if the Lowes paint machine is not calibarated but another friend of mine said he had the same problem.


Nestor_Kelebay 06-25-2008 05:06 PM

About the only thing you can do is paint a swatch size area on a piece of printer paper and keep adding coats until you're confident you've hidden the substrate colour. Cut out your painted swatch and show them to the guy at Lowes to support your contention that the paint just isn't quite the right colour.

Let him check for himself.

On other boards I've been on, people tend to like American Tradition paints.

slickshift 06-25-2008 06:13 PM

Yours is a common problem

Your BM dealer will have most AmTrad colors in their computer database
95% of them are no problem for the BM machines

sirwired 06-25-2008 07:01 PM

Really, it's quite difficult to see exactly what a color is going to look like when holding a 1" square sample up against the wall. Sherwin will mix up a quart of pretty much any color you like (including, I expect, Lowe's colors) for $5. (It's not usable as actual paint, but for a color test, it'll do.) This is a lot cheaper that putting a couple gallons of real paint on the wall and deciding you don't like the color.

BM also has samples, but I don't know if they will custom-mix them... (Slick?)


chrisn 06-26-2008 04:45 AM

BM also has samples, but I don't know if they will custom-mix them...

They will if you are REAL friendly and spend a lot of $ there.:)

Allison1888 06-30-2008 01:24 PM

mixing paint
My local paint store has no problem making special mixes with Benjamin Moore -- perhaps I'm spending too much money in the paint store!! I'm painting a wall now that I wanted to look like a red/orange brick color and the color I loved was too intense, so they mixed it with 50 percent intensity (same combination) and it worked great. So, always ask. And, they don't charge extra for it -- again, I probably spend too much there!

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