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What is the best way to match an existing paint?


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09-05-17, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)  
What is the best way to match an existing paint?

I want to do some touch up on my existing drywall. I have tried three types of paint using those different color paper at the paint store to match but so far it does not match at all. What are some methods/ways to match existing paint when you're touching up existing drywalls?

 
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09-05-17, 08:38 AM   #2 (permalink)  
Best is to use some of the original paint if you've got it. Next best would be to take a sample of your paint to have the store scan it and make a matching paint.

 
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09-05-17, 08:45 AM   #3 (permalink)  
Repaint the entire wall, you will never match an existing paint close enough that it wont stand out!

 
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09-05-17, 09:10 AM   #4 (permalink)  
Repaint the whole wall is the best way but I'm trying to avoid a lot of work if possible. I can't really take the paint to the store either because I don't have a sample.

 
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09-05-17, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)  
You might be able to cut off a piece of the painted drywall paper and get it matched. It is very very difficult to match paint if you don't know what brand/line is on the wall. You can get the color right but the sheen may be different [not all flat is the same level of flat, same for enamels]


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09-05-17, 11:23 AM   #6 (permalink)  
You could also view this as an opportunity to change the color on the wall.

 
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09-09-17, 06:50 PM   #7 (permalink)  
Thank you for all the responses. I guess if I can't match, it'll have to repaint job then.

 
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09-12-17, 07:42 AM   #8 (permalink)  
Has anyone heard or use the Color Savvy Mobile Match device? How accurate is it? I don't quite understand about this device. Does it require color refill?

 
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09-12-17, 07:52 AM   #9 (permalink)  
Never used it but keep in mind paint can change color while it's on the wall so touching up with the same can later can fail.

 
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09-12-17, 03:23 PM   #10 (permalink)  
Generally the computer programs the paint store uses needs to be tweaked a little in order to get a perfect match. I had never heard of that device before.


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