Sunday, July 19, 2009

Color match your paint by saving your sheetrock scraps

Did you know that you can easily match paint up even if you don't have a paint can with any paint in it? Have you ever removed any damaged sheetrock from an interior wall?

Chances have.....& if you saved a piece of that removed sheetrock, you can take it to the paint store & have them match the paint to it. It's as simple as that.

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The paint store will take a picture of your sheetrock scrap piece & it will tell them how to mix up some paint to match your project. Your scrap piece that you take in to the paint store should be clean (no dirty finger prints,smudges,etc.).

They will mix up the paint then put a little on your scrap piece to see how close it comes to matching. If it doesn't match exactly, they will tweek the colors accordingly & apply another sample. They will continue to do this until they get the color to match. That's why it's important to bring a large enough scrap to the paint store & not just a little piece. 6" by 6" should be large enough but if you have a bigger piece, bring that instead.

If you bring a piece of sheetrock scrap to the paint store, they can also make a determination of what "kind" of paint you have on the wall ie. flat,egshel,satin,semi-gloss,gloss or whatever. So it's always a good idea to bring your scrap & let the paint "wizards" tell you what you need.

Even if you don't need a gallon of paint for your paint match, I would recommend that you have the paint store mix a gallon of paint for you anyway in lieu of you having them match up only a quart for your paint touchup needs. It's much easier for the paint store to match up paint in a gallon container than a quart container especially if you ever need anymore paint in the future, as the paint color can vary if only matching up in a quart size container.

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What if you don't have a scrap piece of sheetrock to take to the paint store & you also don't have any paint touchup in a paint can you say? What are you going to do?'re out of luck..........just kidding.

I'll talk about that next time.


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