My brother and I jointly own a rental that has to be repainted.
1 15X15X9 room and 6X15X9 hall is light ivory. Another15X15X9 room is
appears to be a very light green. We have no need to change these
My brother proposes to get a can of light colored paint, an off white
or beige I think. I proposed electronically matching all the paints
where we have do not desire to change the color.
Which of us is right?
My experience and theory says that you save time with the closest
possible match since you can go faster without worrying as much about
His experience says that you will get sufficient coverage with any
Sounds like you're making this much more complicated than it needs to be.
Neither of those colors sound like they'll be hard to cover, assuming you
spend the correct amount of money and buy top of the line paint from a
specialty store. Two amazing brands to look for are Martin-Senour and Devoe.
As far as electronically matching the color, how did you propose to do that?
Scrape off a chunk of wall and take it to the paint store?
In one of my rentals I wanted to use the same color, so I took a razor
knife and cut a small 1" square (just the paper) off the wall behind
the door and took it down to have it matched. Then I skimmed the spot
behind the door that I had removed with drywall mud. This was easy to
do and using the same color makes it easier to repaint. After all
"it's only a rental". Or you can go through your shelf of paint in
the basement and mix it all together, that might look nice too.
Sounds like you just want to do a quick and cheap job in either case. Green
over green will probably work best as the little misses won't show as much
as with a different color. If you are going to do a quality professional
job, it does not matter because a little time and care you can easily
overcoat any other color.
If you can take a small sample, they probably have a similar color on one of
the chips on display.
Better yet, check out the mis-tints at your local big box stores. There are
usually some off-whites available for $5/gal. We've painted two garages and
a couple utility rooms using this money saving tactic. If the colour isn't
important, then $5/gal is the right solution.
And no, you don't need to exactly match the existing paint.
I painted the entire interior of a repo house I redid with those mis-
tints. Just picked neutral colors. Leftovers from one can went into a
different can of similar mis-tint to make a slightly different tint even.
Then leftover from that one went into another and so on. Last room got
the works :-)
Sound cheesey? Well I paid $5/gal and the the new owner got like $25/gal
Behr paint on the entire interior.
Here's another angle for you to consider -
Pick a neutral off white that you and your brother can agree on, from
a major paint manufacturer. Don't buy the cheapest paint you can
find, and a satin or eg-shel finish will hold up better than most
flats. Paint the entire unit this color, and keep the left over paint
for touch up the next time the unit goes vacant. I have been using
the same paint for the last 6 years on all the rentals that I own or
manage. We have probably purchased 2-300 gallons of this paint over
I also buy a fair amount of mis-tint paint, but I try not to use it on
rentals, rather I use it for houses I plan to re-sell. They are also
good for basements and exteriors.
I usually pay around $1.25 per gallon of mis-tint paint for Sherwin
Williams products. I got 20 gallons for $25 today including 4 gallons
of Duration, 3 gallons of SuperPaint Exterior, and 5 gallons of white
and off white interior paint in the lot. Of course, when you buy in
bulk, you get a mixed lot. I also got a "lipstick" red and several
gallons of interior wiping stain.
If the colors are close in shade but differ in color, then poor coverage
will allow the old color to show through more. If they are both very
pale colors but contrast, one warm and one cool, then the base color
would be more likely to show. I'm with you - take a sample if you can
and match the color as closely as possible.
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