Color Matching: Not an Exact Science!

By Michael J. Butler, E-Z Painting Inc (Chicago & New York)

It is hard to color match old paint especially if you don’t know the exact brand and color of the old paint.

The first thing you should do is peel or scrape off a piece of the wall and take it to a retailer like Sherwin-Williams. They usually do a good job at color matching.

If you succeed at getting a good color match, make sure you use a primer. Just have the primer tinted to the paint color for maximum coverage – apply one coat of the primer and one coat of the paint.

Not only will you now have the right color on the walls, you will also have a primer coat and a finish coat on the walls.

Good luck on your paint project!

The best paint colors from Sherwin Williams – “Paint Color Cheat Sheets” – A great short-cut to finding a perfect paint color.

Find answers to your paint color questions.

One Comment

  1. Courtney & Wise, Pty
    Posted July 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great way to approach colour-matching.

    Still, if it has been that long since the painting was done, it may be time to update the colour anyway. Fashions in paint colour change, especially for interior colours, and a fresh new colour can make a world of difference to your home.

    Ask your painting and decorating professional to recommend a new colour to go with the existing colours, if you’re repainting only part of the house.

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