Sometimes wall paint gets damaged or dinged, and then you have to go about repairing them. After you have repaired the actual hole in the wall, you obviously have to re-paint the area that was damaged. However, you painted that wall over 10 years ago and you can’t quite remember the exact color of the wall for touch up. In Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), most of the walls are comprised of drywall, and the older homes plaster. So there is a way to get this paint on the walls matched.
Here are some tips for matching the paint color of your wall paint.
STEP 1: Find the Original Leftover Paint
Most obviously, check your basement or garage for the extra paint. Many times you have stored it but may have forgotten. Hopefully the lid was labeled as well to help you narrow down where the previous paint that was painted. See our blog on “How to Store Paint” for details on how to do this.
If you don’t have the leftover paint from before, you’re going to need to get a sample from the area. First, you need to determine the finish of the wall paint that you originally used. If you don’t do this, even if you get the right color for the wall, the paint will not match. See our blog on How to Choose a Paint finish.
- Flat: No sheen/shine at all and the dullest finish paint.
- Eggshell / Low Gloss: Half way between flat and satin paint. Has a noticeable gloss and sheen but not too shiny. Washable paint and sometimes Scrubbable, may show surface imperfections. Reflects most light.
- Satin: More shiny than eggshell paint, but lower than a semi gloss paint. The surface is definitely more washable, and reflects some light.
- Semi-Gloss: A finish with a noticeable amount of gloss and sheen. Very washable, and maybe even Scrubbable. Shows surface imperfections and reflects like noticeably.
- Gloss: This finish paint has a very high degree of sheen and gloss. Scrubbable, and reflects light extremely well. When applied properly, it gives the appearance of a ceramic or glass finish.
STEP 3: Getting a Sample of Wall Paint Colour
After you have determined the finish of your wall paint, you will need to get a sample of the paint that is on your wall.
- Find an inconspicuous spot of the wall that you can cut into.
- Using a box cutter, x-acto painter knife, or sharp putty knife, and cut into the wall and make a square (about 2”x2” inches minimum – bigger the sample the better)
- Cut deeply enough that the square won’t break when you are peeling it off the wall.
- Peel from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Do this carefully, as you don’t want to break the sample.
STEP 4: Deliver Sample Paint Color to a Professional
After you have acquired your sample, take it to your local hardware (Home Depot , … ) or any other paint store in Toronto and deliver it to the paint specialist there.
- Most paint experts will be able to tell them the luster of the paint, and they should be able to match the paint color.
- Make sure you bring the sample of wall paint in a plastic bag or envelope to avoid it being lost or damaged
Step 5: Purchase a Similar Colour (as a Last Resort)
Rarely, are their situations when the paint store is not be able to match the paint chip perfectly. But be aware that this does happen sometimes, especially with brighter, deep, and neon colours. Sometimes there isn’t much you can do about this. If it does happen to you, you will have to re-paint the entire wall or area with a colour close to it or a different color completely. The best thing to do is bring your chip to a paint store and look at their color pallets/samples on display. If this isn’t convenient, then get a big wall paint color fan deck and bring it home to try to match. It’s best to do this in daylight when the light in the room is the brightest.
Of course, if you were unable to find the correct color, why not repaint the wall?
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