Lo and behold, both of us were surprised, when the color was much lighter than anticipated. I think he started to get worried, so he called for backup. Immediately the paint expert recognized what I and the associate both missed. And it was a lesson I learned, so I thought I’d share. When I brought the paint swatch to the home improvement store, I selected a deep navy called Arctic Night. I brought with me an ultra white base interior satin wall and trim paint. On the back of the swatch, lists the name of the paint and the base color required to reach the paint color. I learned that I had brought in the wrong base color and no matter how many additions of coloring were added to the mix, it would not achieve the same color as the swatch. It has something to do with the pigment that is in the base color.
|The color Arctic Night is the bottom swatch. 1. Is the color after the first mix which is really close to Cerulion on the swatch. 2. Is the color after some addition of blue and red. 3. Is the final color after another addition of blue.|
|If you want an exact color, it pays to read the paint swatches. Under each color is the correct type of base paint.|
The paint expert mixed and added what he could fit into the paint can, I was left with a custom color – not nearly as dark as the original swatch. The best news is that this project was free and I really like the color. *rubs hands together and commences with evil laugh* I have plans to use it on multiple projects.
So, the next time you are selecting paint, be sure to check the swatch or any available information to see if a different base is needed (assuming you are seeking an exact match). So, have you come across any happy paint accidents?