How to Match a Paint Color | Ask This Old House

How to Match a Paint Color | Ask This Old House



all right Mauro a common problem every homeowner is faced with they move a picture they patched the hole from the old picture hanger and now they've got to match the paint not always easy to do not always easy to do Kevin first thing when we come to this situation one couple of good information that I need who manufacture the paint okay what color was it right and what she knows it okay and what do you do with the homeowner says boy I don't know but maybe there's a can of it kicking around somewhere absolutely I'll we'll try the basement if there's a leftover can down here I'll check the garage so that's the best case scenario you find a can in the basement worst case scenario no can in the basement homeowners can't tell you anything about the paint on the wall what are you doing that well I carry my collar with me on all the times so I can try to get a collar here closer to the wall put them up look at the swatches okay you probably have one you do have one of these I probably don't though if you're not working with one of these if they don't have one homeowners usually don't have one they can go to a home center or a local paint store and can get those painting chips they can get it closer to the wall as possible you can pull these off of the rack try to find a match but that's a lot of back and forth and no guarantee for success absolutely in that case since we can't get any luck and get them to come closer color to this I will have my utility knife and I'll choose a place that's right a wall behind a piece of furniture and we'll cut a little piece and so there is a little layer of paper on the drywall you slice off just that yeah we'll try to take just the paper off if we can get then we take the whole piece off okay there you go so I'm gonna bring it to the paint store or a home center what they have latronnik readers you will read this color and then we can have a customized paint to match that color way and the color reader will then tell the machine which pigments and how much of them to put into the raw paint absolutely yeah that's gonna be a custom match that we have here so I'm gonna open this can is that what that can is it's actually something you had custom-made off of a scan off of the scan they gave me this formulation was it close very close to the wall collar here okay so let's talk technique alright technique when we have like a small patches like this I like to use this foam brushes it's nice and soft this is what we need for those small patches obviously it's a little different color now but when that sets up you think you're gonna have a nice match when I think it's gonna be very very close so that's sufficient for a couple small nail holes even for the repair that you're gonna make where you peeled this piece of paper or absolute that's gonna be a new patch right there let's say there's more damage and electricians move some outlets around and now we've got a couple holes or bigger holes at what point are we repainting the entire wall well if there's bigger than this to here we might as well paint the whole wall just one wall I mean when are we painting the adjacent walls well it's all defense and how war the does paint job was how old exactly how much light is breaking into this room so you don't see it you paint one wall maybe you have to paint another wall and more light means what that it's faded the older painted light will give you less of a place to discuss the sign of hate is the wall the color fades it's an old paint job so it might as well paint this wall and the wall next to it and are you ever in a situation where you say I'm gonna try to match I'm just gonna go right to repainting the whole room absolutely when we get to much darker colors like dark red dark brown dark greens don't waste your time with that chops not gonna work not gonna work absolutely not you might as well paint the whole wall or even all the walls in this room okay good information Mauro and of course if you don't have the color written down or a cane in the basement make sure when you get the new can hang on to the information save it it's gonna save you a lot of money too alright thanks thanks for watching this whole house has got a video for just about every home-improvement project so be sure to check out the others and if you'd like me to see click on the subscribe button make sure that you get our newest videos writing your feed

28 thoughts on “How to Match a Paint Color | Ask This Old House

  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    That guy knows his craft well. 😎

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I randomly discovered this show the other day — I'm surprised it's been airing since 1979! This show is terribly dry, bland, and boring. The British does things better…they have better Home Restoration/flipping shows, and better car Top Gear shows.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I have a little gadget called ColorMuse that’s done a pretty good job of color matching. It, and others like it, are color-calibrated cameras in a little tube the size of a roll of film. You pair it with a phone app, hold it up to the wall, and it gives you a list of likely matches from a database.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I take samples every paint job, you can try behind refrigerators, sinks, toilets, hung pictures, behind furniture… great tip

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I wonder how close the paint matched to the original when it dried?

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Good tips but we all know: you buy an old house, your spouse will want it all repainted. Twice a year πŸ™‚

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Great. Another hole to patch.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    OK but if the paint fades overtime how good does it do to save the label?
    When the damage occur you're gonna paint light blue over sun-faded light blue.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    dont they have apps that can scan color tint on your phone these days,otherwise,something for an app creator to do

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    they never get same color , never match!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I ask the paint industry to invent a hand held device that can be taken home, held to a surface and color instantly matched.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Now i can work at home depot and match paint!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I use a Sharpie to write the date and location in the house that the paint is for on lid.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I prefer the Tim "The Toolman" Taylor method. https://youtu.be/NwwEIrcHIyI

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Wow…..what year is it? Color Snap analyzer links to phone. Gives every manufacturer's color match to the existing. Sorry, get a painter not a schmearer to help your viewers.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    These guys don’t age.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I'm amazed they didn't mention any phone app. There's got to be a scanning program that tells you the precise shade of color!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    When matching or ordering new paint, Ask to save your order under "Propaint" or "Onepaint" at your local Home Depot. They have a new program that can save your color info (including sheen) so you don't have to worry about losing a can, or an old label. All it takes is your phone number! It makes reordering much easier.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    i always get an extra label printed and put that one on the back of the light switch plate in the room.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    dude couldn't cut a straight line to save his life

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Go on lowes with your iPhone and use the feature they have that lets you take a picture of the wall and match paint

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Yeah, his advice on just repainting the wall is right. I would just repaint it if it's anything other than flat or matte sheen. Especially if touch up spots were bigger than those nail holes. Touching up eggshell or above flashes like crazy, really noticeable depending on the lighting. Repainting a wall with left over paint or a similar color matched from a color wheel is a breeze and usually only requires one coat, much faster than pissing around matching an exact color to touch up marks, dings and patches.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I take a picture of sticker on the can and save it on my Google drive online.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Here is a quick tip, if you have the paint mix the paint in with your patch instead of water and then patch your nail or screw hole , but you must use the powder like easy sand and if your lucky you won't need to paint. It always works for me any ways .

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    You're the best 🏑

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    I always learn something new! I never thought to deliberately cut off the paint, great idea!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Hi TOH , thanks for the information ! πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ”¨πŸ”©πŸ”§

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Another fantastic video thank you

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