Color Cross-Reference?

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Old 05-06-07, 06:24 PM
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Color Cross-Reference?

The colors that I would like to use in our new house are not from the paint company that we would like to use. Is there a color cross-reference to match colors or mixing formulas between vendors? If not, what is the best way to match the colors?
 
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the best way is to bring a sample into your paint store and ask them to match them. Most of the time there is no way a paint store can use a formula from another paint store because each paint manufacture uses different colorants and bases.
 
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Local savvy paint stores can offer cross references.
 
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Old 05-06-07, 07:03 PM
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A good Paint Store will have some cross-refs
They will also have a bunch in the computer already
Many will also have paint chip fans of many of their competitors
And a real Paint Store will be able to computer match any sample or chip that you bring in for them
 
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> And a real Paint Store will be able to computer match any sample or chip that you bring in for them

That pretty much encompasses any place that can mix paint via computer, I think even Wal-Mart does it now. For sure HD, Lowes or any of the other 'big box' stores do paint matching.

The only question is, can the place that the OP wants paint from do it.
 
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don't use a store that simply throws the sample on a computer. I have worked in a few stores that mix paint (both real paint stores and a large retail store) for 10 years or more. I can honestly say that the computer matching programs only kind of work. With some colors they are spot on, however most colors need to be tweaked. A paint store should have the expertise to do this. most of the time the computer gets one close, a starting point and the rest is done by eye. It makes for much more accurate matching.
 
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I agree with bc. A computer match tells you where to start and then you tweek it from there.

On large jobs I've always bought a gallon of whatever color was chosen and brought it to the paint store and they matched it for me [and kept a record of the forumula] I would then mix that gallon in with my primer or first coat of paint. Small jobs it is usually simplier to just buy the paint from the other vendor.

Because colors are matched fairly often most paint stores will keep/have a record of the commonly used colors.
 
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"A computer match tells you where to start and then you tweek it from there."

Exactly
There are big, big, differences in the computers at W*M and Sherwin Williams
Then there is the tweeking that needs a pro's eyeballs and experience
 
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