Tip learned from a professional painter: To get a _really_ bright white
looking paint, put in the 'standard' amount of Titanium White, and 2 units
(that's 1/2 of one 'normal' gallon minimum increment) of Carbon Black, for
a one gallon can.
The painter's explanation: "we add a bit of black, to make it look blue, so
it doesn't turn yellow."
The formula looks strange, and the explanation sounds (more than)a bit
off-the-wall, but it does work. Superbly.
It's definitely counter-intuitive, but you put that 'just a pinch of black'
paint up beside the true 'just white', and the one with the black in it
*looks* brighter white.
This kind of thing _does_ make for some interesting "discussions" with
the 'follow the recipe book' types operating the paint tinter in the
places like the BORG. <grin>
Is precisely the formula and the proper explanation...many of the
formulae from factory-matching will have a touch of either black or one
of the darkest blues for precisely that reason. It appears that is a
piece of the "art" that the wavelength matching machines don't have the
sophistication to (usually) match. (I've found they're great for
matching the "dirty" look of old hardware brought in, though). :)
Give me a real pro and a hand mixer anyday--although they're getting
really hard to find :(
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