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darsunt 07-15-2007 12:04 AM

Who can mix paint to match home color exactly?
 
Does anyone know where one can go to have paint mixed to an exact color match for an interior to be painted? I've gone to Home Depot, they can mix color close but never an exact match.

I believe from the work of some pros I've employed that they have a vendor who can mix paint to an EXACT match to the interior they are working with.

Workaholic 07-15-2007 12:41 AM

Most real paint stores have a computer that is used to match colors from other sources, ie color swatches a picture ect. Although an exact match will more than likely will require a skilled paint formula mixer, a good mixer with a keen eye can take the computers formula and see if it can be gotten any closer. There will always be slight variables, sheen, lighting, ect. My guy at PPG is better than the computer in my opinion.
Also maybe a little compromise on your part as well could go a long way.

slickshift 07-15-2007 07:00 AM

It will never be exact
But HD is the worst
The help is not qualified, and the color match machines are not the good (expensive) ones like at an actual paint store

Depending on what you are using for a sample, an actual paint store can get really, really, close
They use the (better) machines, then eyeball it and use some judgment to get as close as possible

PS, the paint at Home Depot is pretty crappy anyway, your project will go much faster, smoother, and look better if you buy your paint at a real paint store

AtlanticWBConst. 07-15-2007 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 52949)
Does anyone know where one can go to have paint mixed to an exact color match for an interior to be painted? I've gone to Home Depot, they can mix color close but never an exact match.

I believe from the work of some pros I've employed that they have a vendor who can mix paint to an EXACT match to the interior they are working with.

Generally, even if you have a "leftover", unopened can of paint that is the exact same paint that was put onto a wall at a previous time, you STILL have to paint the entire room over, in order to get a proper match.

Paints fade slightly over time. New paint will not look the same as the existing paint on the wall (even if they are the same).

darsunt 07-15-2007 04:06 PM

I want as close a match as the professionals do. I know they don't paint everything (they're done so fast) and yet I really can't tell the difference between the new paint and the old even on close inspection (I can only see the dirt marks on the areas they skipped). Can you imagine the time I'd save if I didn't have to double paint and trim everything?

I recently used some paint from HD. The match looked good, but in the morning light the difference between the new and old paint is glaring, and I have to patch it up.

Next time I'll try a real paint store.

concretemasonry 07-15-2007 06:06 PM

mix paint to match home color exactly?
 
Lights and shadows can also play tricks on you.

I have two adjacent walls at 90 degrees to each other. They were painted the same day from the same can of well mixed/stirred paint and everything was cut in at the same time.

Everyone tells me it is so creative to use two different colors to set off the walls. It has nothing to do with daylight or artificial light. - I just accept the compliment and keep my mouth shut.

Tscarborough 07-15-2007 07:50 PM

I can match paint exactly by eye (and trial and error), as can many others. Computerized equipment is very good, but not touch up good. If you are so demanding that the basic box store match is not good enough, you should probably hire a professional to both match and apply the paint.

darsunt 07-16-2007 12:37 PM

I was fixing up a place with some painters, and they were complaining to me that their boss hadn't got the exact correct paint. They left and came back in an hour with a different paint. They had a vendor mix it for them, and you can't tell where the old and new paint begins.

So I believe there are vendors out there who can match the color close enough.

Workaholic 07-16-2007 06:01 PM

Yes there are people out there that are more experienced at mixing paint than others. A keen eye will do better than the computer. As i said at PPG there is a guy that is really good at it, and i know a guy at ICI that is very good at it as well. It is kind of an art within itself, much like there are people that are good at laying on the paint. Experience is a big factor.

AtlanticWBConst. 07-16-2007 08:57 PM

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Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 53109)
I was fixing up a place with some painters, and they were complaining to me that their boss hadn't got the exact correct paint. They left and came back in an hour with a different paint. They had a vendor mix it for them, and you can't tell where the old and new paint begins.

So I believe there are vendors out there who can match the color close enough.

There are.

We only use: XXXXX brand or compatible. (higher end, non BIG HOME store brands)

troubleseeker 07-20-2007 11:45 PM

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Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 52949)
Does anyone know where one can go to have paint mixed to an exact color match for an interior to be painted? I've gone to Home Depot, they can mix color close but never an exact match.

I believe from the work of some pros I've employed that they have a vendor who can mix paint to an EXACT match to the interior they are working with.

Cut a sample of the paint you want to match from an inconspicous place and bring it to a "real" paint store that will do a computer match. We get it done at our Benjamin Moore dealer, and if you give them a good sample, they will nail it for you. This will give you a better match than finding the original can and having some new paint mixed to the original formula, because the computer will scan the existing color, not the new original.

mikefrommass 07-27-2007 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by troubleseeker (Post 53847)
Cut a sample of the paint you want to match from an inconspicous place and bring it to a "real" paint store that will do a computer match. We get it done at our Benjamin Moore dealer, and if you give them a good sample, they will nail it for you. This will give you a better match than finding the original can and having some new paint mixed to the original formula, because the computer will scan the existing color, not the new original.

Don't listen to that knucklehead. You can get paint just as good (if not better than Benjamin Moore). That paint is overpriced and it will cost you twice as much. Read the studies done by many and you will see that Behr Paint ranks above all. I'm a contractor and I've been using Bear for a while. Let Benjamin Moore rest in Peace, because their days are numbered. They've been ripping people off for years.
If you want a good color match at Home Depot or Lowe's just put a generous coat of what you have on something bigger than a quarter and let it dry. Then bring it in. If you let Benjamin Moore keep playing with the color it'll have so much tint in it then it won't be paint anymore.

HiFi 07-29-2007 01:38 AM

I have all the paint shop have a computer that mixes the paints to the exact colour U got.SO U can go enquire it at the shop

AtlanticWBConst. 07-29-2007 06:46 PM

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Originally Posted by mikefrommass (Post 54842)
Don't listen to that knucklehead. You can get paint just as good (if not better than Benjamin Moore). That paint is overpriced and it will cost you twice as much. Read the studies done by many and you will see that Behr Paint ranks above all. I'm a contractor and I've been using Bear for a while. Let Benjamin Moore rest in Peace, because their days are numbered. They've been ripping people off for years.
If you want a good color match at Home Depot or Lowe's just put a generous coat of what you have on something bigger than a quarter and let it dry. Then bring it in. If you let Benjamin Moore keep playing with the color it'll have so much tint in it then it won't be paint anymore.

Ummm :whistling2: ....You've been using "bear" paint for a while and you don't even realize that it is spelled B-E-H-R? :huh:

We've done side by side comparisons on jobs and even had one home owner voluntarily refund us money because they saw that the "B" paint was not as good as the other premium higher-end paints.

Links on similar discussions:

http://www.contractortalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=8

http://www.diychatroom.com/showthrea...t=paint+brands

What the Painting Pros say:

http://www.contractortalk.com/showth...highlight=Behr

http://www.contractortalk.com/showth...highlight=Behr

http://www.contractortalk.com/showth...highlight=Behr

Also: Please refrain from the name calling on this forum. It's juvenile.

skwpt 09-17-2007 06:36 PM

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Originally Posted by mikefrommass (Post 54842)
Don't listen to that knucklehead. You can get paint just as good (if not better than Benjamin Moore). That paint is overpriced and it will cost you twice as much. Read the studies done by many and you will see that Behr Paint ranks above all. I'm a contractor and I've been using Bear for a while. Let Benjamin Moore rest in Peace, because their days are numbered. They've been ripping people off for years.

I seriously doubt Benjamin Moore's days are numbered with Pottery Barn promoting them on every page of their catalog (not to mention selling BM paint). ;)

I am extremely happy with the Benjamin Moore Simply White and Swiss Coffee I just used on my entire downstairs.


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