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Ask an Expert: How do I get a quality paint match?

When it comes to matching new paint to old, there's more to consider than just a quick scan and a new can. Factors such as colour, sheen level, type of paint, and environmental conditions all contribute to the final appearance of your colour. In this blog post, we chat with Paul and Janet from Paint Place Centenary about the best tips to help you get a quality paint match with confidence.

1. Gather as much information as possible.

Keeping a record of the brand, colour, or a photo of the original tint label can be a valuable starting point. This information provides insight into the brand and tinters used, helping us narrow down the right colour in the right paint for your project. Additionally, informing us about what you are painting helps ensure an accurate colour match.

2. Clean the sample thoroughly.

The quality of your sample is crucial. If you can provide a sample larger than a 50-cent coin and as flat as possible, it gives our team more to work with. Remember, a photo alone will never provide an accurate match. Lighting conditions in the room and on your phone screen can significantly influence the perceived colour.

3. Clean the sample thoroughly

Before submitting the sample, make sure to clean off any dust and grime. These particles can distort the colour and may vary from one area to another on the surface you are painting. A clean sample ensures a more accurate match.

4. Be patient.

Achieving a good colour match is a quick process, but attaining a great match takes time. It may require a few adjustments, and it's important to note that colours tend to darken as they dry. If you're satisfied with a "close enough" match, it can be done on the spot. However, if you desire a more precise match, leave your sample, specify the product and quantity you need, and provide your contact details. We will reach out to you when it's ready.

5. Be prepared.

Even when the colour match is perfect, certain factors such as lighting, location, or other elements may make touch-ups visible. Ceilings, in particular, can be challenging to match seamlessly. In such cases, consider painting corner to corner or addressing areas with shadow lines or breaks in the plane. These subtle differences will be less noticeable, resulting in a more cohesive appearance. Going the extra mile can yield a remarkable outcome.

By using these points as a guide, you can collaborate effectively with your local team to achieve the best possible paint match for your project. Remember, attention to detail and communication are key to ensuring your desired colour becomes a reality.

Thanks to Paul and Janet for being our guest experts this month. Got more questions for them about choosing the perfect paint matching? Give them a call on (07) 33766322 or visit them at Paint Place Centenary at 3 Oldfield Rd, Seventeen Mile Rocks QLD 4073


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