Need to paint my LR/DR walls. A certain beautiful green from a
I heard of a gadget -- spectro-something? -- that electronically
matches the color of the sample you bring in.
My nabe BM store doesn't have it.
Before I start calling around, does anyone have experience matching
colors with the gadget?
Appreciate your input.
Have used the Analyzer at both Lowes and H.D. with good results. Try to
take a "chip sample" about 1"x1" and they should do a good job. Bear in
mind that a picture mat will have been reproduced numerous times and a
perfect match will be a "guess and by -golly" situation !!
Stay far away from Walmart paint, more water than paint. Just did 3
rooms with the crap, tan over cream took 2 coats. If they push the $11
flat ceiling paint just chuckle and leave. In this case white really
doesn't cover white!
They used to carry Dutch Boy witch was decent paint, now they carry a
watered down version of Glidden.
The wife brought the junk home and pouted until I consented to used it.
Virtually everyone has experience with the "gadget." These "gadgets" can be
found at Lowes, Home Depot, Walmar Superstores, Ace, Sherwin-Williams, and
just about anywhere paint is sold.
The device will concoct a paint that is extremely close, if not perfect, to
the sample. Bear in mind that texture of the surface, sheen (gloss vs.
flat), undercoat*, and lighting can create a slight perception of difference
from your target color.
Buy a quart of quality tinted paint and try it out.
* If you're going to apply a primer, get it tinted the same color.
This is top quality and a bit spendy but you will love the results, one
coat is way less work (URL probably will wrap):
Tx, John. Appreciate the referral. There's no dealership near me,
which does make me wonder a little. Also, their Web site emphasizes
trim, while I am looking for walls. However, every bit of info
helps. I will call them to see if they use the Analyzer.
I used it for an accent wall, about 170 sq' in one coat. A light
silver-blue color in eggshell over a light peach satin. It took less
than a 1/2 gallon - one coat on textured plaster, just a few dots here
and there (due to cheapo roller no doubt) to touch up. By the way, a
flashlight works well to find the little suckers ... something I should
have figured out in my 64 years but didn't ... learned just recently :)
I highly recommend Pittsburgh paints but I don't think they have their
own stores scattered about the country. I live in the Pittsburgh area so
its not a problem for me. If you can find it, its about $45 ~ a gallon
and worth every penny, roller or brush it spreads like a dream, covers,
and doesn't run cause it dries quickly. Look in strictly paint stores
for someone that carries it - big-box is probably a non-starter.
As I said its wall paint. Very good wall paint. It may be a good trim
paint if eggshell in a color is what you want for trim although it may
not wear well for trim paint as it is intended for walls where abrasion
generally isn't a problem.
Not sure what your question is?
Another option (if you have a color printer).
Print out the entire Pantone Reference chart. Find the color on the chart
that matches your target.
Take the 1" square from the Pantone chart to the paint matcher.
The printing works best on a portrait (high resolution) printer with glossy
Yeah, the warning is meant to caution you from going to the art supply store
and buying a tube of Pantone #656 oil paint and expecting it to match.
In my suggestion, you don't CARE whether the color swatches match the
official Pantone color scheme. You're just looking for a swatch that a)
matches your target (irrespective of the Pantone number, and b) You can take
to the paint store to duplicate.
Just about ANY place that sells paint (including Wally World) has a
gadget that will match your paint sample.
The color match is usually "spot on." The problem is finding the best
match for the texture. Typically, most paints only come in three
textures: flat, semi, and full gloss. If you are trying to match well
worn paint the textures will not quite match.
But it looks worse to you than it does to the average person just
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