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prairierose
Trying to match wall paint

I would like to do some touch up painting to hide some stencil marks on my LR wall, but it seems when I did that paint job about 9 years ago, I must have used up all the paint, except for a small container, in which I added some white to it, to sponge on a paint effect. I wish I would have saved some for the future if needed from that, before I mixed that much! The paint is holding up real well, and I really don't want to repaint everything and responge too. It is a medium **** color. Is it possible to take a small chip off the wall, in a non obvious place, and take it to a paint store to match it up?

jkirk
Re: Trying to match wall paint

yes it is possible, is it part of the stencil or just the wall color
if its the wall color you can take a light switch plate off and cut the drywall paper off and take that in. most places have scanners that recognize colors and can match it to what they have in their system

prairierose
Re: Trying to match wall paint
prairierose wrote:

I would like to do some touch up painting to hide some stencil marks on my LR wall, but it seems when I did that paint job about 9 years ago, I must have used up all the paint, except for a small container, in which I added some white to it, to sponge on a paint effect. I wish I would have saved some for the future if needed from that, before I mixed that much! The paint is holding up real well, and I really don't want to repaint everything and responge too. It is a medium **** color. Is it possible to take a small chip off the wall, in a non obvious place, and take it to a paint store to match it up?

I wanted to say **** color, but hit wrong keys. I couldn't edit.

prairierose
Re: Trying to match wall paint

I did'nt think of that! I will take off light switch cover, and take some paint from there. I don't know why I can't type in the color! It is a cross between yellow and brown. Starts with g, ends with d, ol in between! That is silly, why I can't edit the color name in! Hope this works!

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Trying to match wall paint

Since you said its been 9 years, the color of the paint behind the light switch plate will be different than the wall paint closer to the windows, different closer to the floor, and different closer to the cielings.

Sunlight, smoking, and cooking change paint colors unevenly throughout a room. Even if you had the same old paint name, the formula is long gone.

Get one of those color fans from a paint supplier and, while holding it up to the area to be painted, select a color that matches best.

The other thing to keep in mind is the way the old paint was applied to the wall. If it was rolled on the main wall, and you touch up with a brush, the marks will show as the brush gives a different finish than a roller will. This is why most pro's will repaint an entire wall to hide a repair. Its a lot harder to spot the difference between an old and new paint job at a change of plane (wall to wall corner) than mid-wall.

ordjen
Re: Trying to match wall paint

Alas Prairierose,

Even if you had the original paint and it were still in good shape, it is extremely difficult to touch up and have it be invisible. There are many factors whch can influence this, several have been already been mentioned. You do not only have to match the color, but also the sheen. The wall is now better sealed than what you originally painted over. Painting over it can affect both the sheen and even the color itself.

Ironically, one of the reasons builders like that cheap, chaulky, dead flat paint is that it touches up better than expensive premium paints. Tradesmen are always banging the walls in new homes before they go up for sale and have it has to be touched up.

You have noting to lose by trying the touch up, but after 9 years you have gotten your money's worth from that paint job.

A. Spruce
Re: Trying to match wall paint

You're better off repainting the entire wall/room. As was stated, the paint will be dirty and faded, so even if you had some remnants to use, the touch ups would stand out like a sore thumb. Even if you were to get a good match to the dirty faded wall, your touch ups will stick out like a sore thumb. You will need to repaint the entire wall to blend the new paint to the old. As long as you stop in a corner it should be fairly unnoticeable.

This is also why you should always keep a record of your paint brand, base tint, and color mix code so that when the need arises you can get more of the same.

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