For several months my wife has been on my case to repaint some of the
boogered up areas on our walls. But, I can't figure out a way to
match the paint without cutting out a piece of sheetrock and taking it
to the paint store (which I'm unwilling to do).
Can anyone think of another way to get some matching paint?
Went thru this not long ago.
Best I could do was to pick up Behr tint examples (maybe 150 on
a sheet) from Homey Depot, pick the closest match, take back to
HD, have them mix a $3 sample (or a whole can if you need it).
On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:59:30 -0600, Wilfred Xavier Pickles
To whomever may care . . .
I wasn't able to find many closely matching samples at my local HD. I
found more at Lowe's. I got about thirty shades of light yellow
(light cream really). I held them against walls at different angles
to the light -- the angle of light really makes a big difference. I
culled down the near matches in three stages. Using the one that came
out of the third culling I was amazed how well it matched. The enamel
for woodwork based on the same tint and brand did not match as well,
but it's almost impossible to find the touched up spots on the walls
and then on only one wall. I think it was just dumb luck that it
matches so well, but I'm grateful that it did.
To answer someone who asked why I don't just paint the whole wall, it
wasn't 'a wall' is was 'an entire interior.'
To answer another suggestion, the original paint was a Benjamin Moore
premixed (shelf) paint. I thought that was all I would need to match
it. But they no longer stock this color. The BM people locally said
their formula would not match the original primix color. I bought a
quart to try and they were right. This is why I had to find a match
another way. From now on I will keep samples/swatches of any paint I
use. For a few years now I have been painting half of a 3x5 file
The way I handled this when it came up recently was to remove the
cover plate of a phone jack. There was plenty of drywall hidden behind
the cover plate so it was easy to cut a small piece off and take it to
the paint store to be matched.
Well, as you've found out, visual tests are misleading -- unless you get
lucky -- because texture and light source matter so much. Paint stores have
a paint matching device that looks at how various colors of the light
spectrum reflect from paint samples. That's the way to get the best match
possible, but a sample of the original is needed. You did it exactly right
to get a sample that was clean and had not been faded by light exposure.
On Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:25:43 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Why do people think it's important to point out the age of the thread
when it's a thread containing general information? There's obviously
nothing here that's specific to the OP's situation. In other words,
the OP isn't the only person in the world who has ever wanted to match
some existing paint.
Pick up a color chart (couple/brands) from the paint store and compare
that to the wall color. If the walls in a closet are the same color,
cut a *small* patch of paper off the wall. A utility knife, and just
score the paper so you can peel it off. No need to remove a piece of
sheet rock out.
Inside the closet above the door...
If you have a color printer, you can print a Pantone chart. Here's one.
The colors on this chart should get you very close to your current
Once you converge on a best match, have the paint folks match the swatch.
If it was me, I'd paint the whole wall.
Instead of painting, you may get away with a damp rag, some 409 spray,
and some gentle dabbing/rubbing.
Get a close color and paint each damaged wall. It won't look good to
paint just an area of a wall, paint the wall up to all the edges. If
there are walls in other planes that look good, leave those alone.
Wall color tone changes at different angles due to lighting, so that
may save you the work of painting the entire room. Repairing damage,
spackle, sanding smooth, clean, prime are considerations prior to the
Even if you did take a chunk of wall with you, the paint would not
be a "touch up" grade match. Even if you had the original can of
paint, you could not just touch up a few spots. The change of
gloss and the results of fading would be quite noticeable. You
will need to paint from corner to corner to pull this off. You
can get color chips at the paint store or borrow a painter's color
wheel to take to the wall, but, again, this will only get you
close - perhaps close enough to not paint the entire room.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
I don't know about that. I've touched up at the office several times
over the last 5 years, using the original paint and the touchups are
Also have done some touchups in our hallway at home - painted over 10
years ago, and the touchups dissapear. The gloss level is iportant -
both paints are "eggshell", applied with a roller originally and for
On 2/13/2010 1:18 PM firstname.lastname@example.org spake thus:
I've done the same with paint that's at least 15 years old at a friend's
house. I cannot see where I touched up even if I look closely. This is
flat paint; I imagine anything with more gloss than that might be more
problematic. But it shows just what you can get away with.
You were wrong, and I'm man enough to admit it.
On Sat, 13 Feb 2010 16:18:26 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I'll second that. I had some paint from several years ago that still
matched the original good enough to blend. I usually do a dry roll to blend
the old and new. Works pretty good most of the time. Just did that to the
kitchen and slightly mismatched paint. Doesn't look too bad.
You can't "touch up" a paint job .... it shows. The only thing you
can do is what was suggested by someone else. Get the nearest paint
samples you can find that look close and come home and compare. Then
you have to repaint the whole room. If you chose right you only need
As myself and others have pointed out, that ain't necessarily so, to
quote the old song. They *might* have to repaint the whole room, but
they also might get lucky and be able to get away with touching up. It
You were wrong, and I'm man enough to admit it.
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