tinting paint???

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Question tinting paint???

i was watching a show one time and they said if u wanted to tint paint u could add kool aid (without sugar ofcourse) to dye or tint the paint... which works by the way.. cuz i tried it :-)
but now, i heard somwhere.. that u could add a little bit of food coloring to paint ... has anyone done this or is this just a rumor??...
 
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I've never heard of using kool aid or food coloring to color paint but don't doubt it would work. I would be concerned on how it would hold up. Paint colorant is formulated for paint and to hold it's color through out the life of the paint job. Using kool aid may cause the coloring to fade, not saying it will .....but I wouldn't trust it not to.
 
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I would be more concerned with washability. If either Kool-Aid or food coloring were a viable option, I assure you every paint maker would use it. Tinting colorants are a HUGE cost that generally is NOT passed onto the consumer. In some deeper colors (golds and green, and red) the paint can use $2-3 PER GALLON. Belive me, if I thought I could get buy with a mix of limeaide, and paradise punch to save $2.5/gal, I would do it in a second.

I would no more recommend this system than using paint colorant to make a nice color for my cake frosting.
 
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I've never heard of using kool aid or food coloring to color paint but don't doubt it would work. I would be concerned on how it would hold up. Paint colorant is formulated for paint and to hold it's color through out the life of the paint job. Using kool aid may cause the coloring to fade, not saying it will .....but I wouldn't trust it not to.
i dont know if it fades or not.. but i was watching Rachal Ray show and they had Ty on it from home makeover.. and he said that u could use kool aid to tint paint.. lol... so i tried it and it worked.. but i just did little bits of it for different color hand prints for my kids play room.. turned out well.. not sure how long it will last.. but it was fun.. lol..
 
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Keep in mind that neither Rachel Ray (A COOK) or Ty will be spending much time in your home. Nor do they much care if their advice messes up your walls for future repaints. They do things the quick and dirty way to accomplish short term goals on projects that should take longer and cost more.

Both koolaid, and food coloring will re-wet if exposed to new paint. So if you get tired of that blue/ red/ whatever, you will need to prime with an oil base primer (terrible smell) and even that will not guarantee success.

You are asking us to legitimize an awful technique to "save" money and help you with tinting. I for one will not be the one to do that for you. Any more than I would suggest substituting white tint base for your coffee creamer.

My advice would be to go to a paint store and get it done right.
 
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i was watching a show one time and they said if u wanted to tint paint u could add kool aid (without sugar ofcourse) to dye or tint the paint... which works by the way.. cuz i tried it :-)
but now, i heard somwhere.. that u could add a little bit of food coloring to paint ... has anyone done this or is this just a rumor??...
I suppose that it could sorta-kinda work, but why would you want to? Pretty much every paint retailer in the country will tint your paint for free. I don't see any need to spend actual money on Kool-Aid for as a colorant that may or may not be a good idea. (I'd be very concerned about it bleeding through future re-paints.)

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be careful to not take a wet sponge and wipe from the kids' handprints onto the wall color. i'd bet real monopoly money that it'll smear the handprint color onto the wall color. (but it'll smell nice & fruity!!! )

you can buy little bottles of craft paint for about 99 anywhere, and it comes in every color in the rainbow. next time, go that route.
 
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Ha ha ha...Yes "you can..." and "it's a good idea to..." are two completely different things with completely different results

...and yes, please remember Ty is a TV Show Host
I might trust him for make-up tips, hairstyle suggestions, or script wording
But not for carpentry, drywall, plumbing, or painting tips
(though rumor has it he actually swung a hammer professionally when he was a teenager)
 
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About the ONLY TV host that is worth his home renovation salt is either Norm Abrahms, or Bob Villa.

Both of them admitted that they needed experts to help with almost any technical aspect of a home renovation job, and indeed pulled most of them into the job to showcase their skills.

And a renovation took MONTHS in the case of a whole house. Not 7 days. Surf the net, and look up complaints about recent home renovation shows and they are staggering. Customers are left high and dry with incomplete, unsafe, or faulty jobs.

Extreme Home Makeover became a total demolition show, after it was initially a "makeover" show that gutted then rebuilt an existing structure. In a well documented case, the "contractors" and Ty removed a LOAD BEARING WALL without shoring up the work. It looked great on TV until a few days after filming the home began collapsing upon itself...ABC dragged its feet, and eventually decided to simply tear down and build a new house.

But as a professional, would you ever consider living in a 5000+ sqr foot house build in 6 days or less? NEVER. What looks good on TV, neglets to show the corner cutting that allows completion of such a project.
 
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