Here Are A Few Things About Paint Matching That You Need To Know
Regular users of paint and hardware stores have long been blessed with the knowledge that they could get most paint colors matched and a bucket of customized paint made up specifically for them. For crafters, though, using a paint store hasn't always been on the radar. Yet sometimes you need paint that's meant for more than just a canvas or clay model If you've embarked on an ambitious furniture- or room-painting project and are now trying to become familiar with how to match paint, keep these things in mind.
Specify the Correct Side
If you're matching a paint chip, make sure you show the paint-matching employee which side to match. Take a good look at your paint chip; chances are that one side is the color you want, while the other side is slightly off, with bits of dirt or primer stuck on it from where it was resting on the wall or furniture before you took it off. If the paint is matched to the wrong side, you'll have useless paint and will have wasted money.
You Still Need to Test
Even if you're sure the employee matched the correct side, don't assume the paint will work out well. Test hidden areas first. You have to be sure that you have the right shade in the right texture to get the right match. A glossy latex paint, for example, won't match well with an older oil paint that isn't as shiny.
Don't Paint Until You've Seen the Light(s)
Along with testing, in general, comes testing in different lights. Sunlight, artificial light, indirect light when the lights near the paint are off but the light from another room is shining... you need to be sure the paint is showing up well in all those lights. The last thing you need is to see a nice match in artificial light but have a terrible match in sunlight.
You Might Still Need Primer
Primer helps cover up unwanted color and adds texture to the new paint to grip. While there are some cases when a primer isn't necessary, it's better to add it to walls and materials like metal. Ask the paint-matching employee which type of primer would go best with the specific type of paint you're getting.
If you're still unsure about matching paint, the paint store employees will be able to help you. It's not that hard; it just takes getting used to if all you've done previously is detailed art and model painting. To learn more, contact a company like Koontz Hardware.