Sat, May 30, 2009
Paint "type", texture and even brand, can make a difference in color value. For ex: semi-gloss dries slightly lighter than flat. When painting an exterior surface, (even if paint colors don't perfectly match it's ok. Shadows on one side of a house will make the color appear darker. As light moves around the house throughout the day, side after side will have a different color value. No one is going to drive by, stop, knock on your door and say, "Holy cow - your paint is a nano-shade off!" Please don't stop patronizing your favorite stores for something like this. Just my 2 cents
Tue, May 30, 2006
On two occasions we've purchased paint from Walmart and had good results. However, on four other occasions, they could not mix the paint right and after several attempts, they wrote it off to equipment failure, which is okay as it did not cost us anything. What Struck me about this was how many gallons they trashed trying to do it right. I had a friend that worked for Sherwin Williams and he taught me the value of mistint paints. When there are errors in the mixing, those paints go to a distributor and are sold as mistints at a fraction of the calls, like 5 bucks a gallon. Paint mixing is a science and have seen countless errors with both Home Depots and Lowes. I agree with everyone that stated: make sure you have more paint than you need to finish the job. 9 out of ten times, getting extra will not match.
Mon, May 29, 2006
Walmart paint works great - both price and application wise. Color matching WILL always be a challange @ wally world, even if employees are paid more or stay longer. Don't let Walmart employees cause you money and fustration. Take control of your situation. Buy Walmart paint. SUGGESTION #1: Once you have a formula for a paint color, record it. When I first became a landlord, every house was a different color. Now, all my rentals are the same. I selected an interior flat color called light coffee - everyone loves it. Only problem, Walmart retired the color 8-years age. Wait, no problem. Remember I suggested to take control of your situation. Whenever I want to purchase paint, I go to my file cabinet and retrieve the "paint" file. Inside it is all the info I need to control my situation: Address, date, and most important, Walmart's (retired) color formula! I have one formula for one gal cans, and another for a five gal can(I won't let employees attempt to multiply the one gal formula times five). SUGGESTION #2: When you first select a color that you will be using for a extended period of time, make sure that, on that day, there is a sufficient supply of base. ie- use a light or medium base, not one which comes and goes, such as country base. Stay basic, keep your records, and enjoy the savings!
Fri, May 03, 2002
A Lesson in Paint Shopping: 1. Buy from a paint store, not a big box discount store. 2. Buy more than enough to finish the job. 3. It is not uncommon for paint sellers to discontinue color systems; decorating trends change but reputable dealers keep formulas forever. 4. Wal-mart did the right thing by offering to eye-match the paint. 5. It's difficult to get exact matches because everyone sees color different and many factors effect how we see color such as lighting, texture, shape and the size of the object being painted. 6. Don't run out of paint in the middle of a large area. Stop at agood breaking point such as a corner.