Match wall color

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Bought house and seller painted the inside very well. I'd like to get some matching paint in case I need to paint a flaw or mark in future. I know big box store can match color, but I don't have a ready sample to take. Any ideas??

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  • Take a photo with your phone or tablet.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Jun 21, 2018
    If you can find a place to remove a quarter sized chip you can take that so its matched exactly. If you take a picture the lighting and quality of photo could affect the outcome.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 21, 2018
    I am sure there are spots where you can take a bit off the house that don't show. After you get the color match just repaint that area and should be good as new. A photo isn't a good idea since it doesn't always record the exact color and you don't want the color to be off.

  • Ken Ken on Jun 21, 2018
    Agree that a photo is unlikely to result in a perfect match. I removed some wood trim to take to home Depot. Match was a little off, but even the left-over can I eventually found did not quite match in some places. Some of my drywall was damaged so I also had the opportunity to take a piece of that out and make a slightly larger patch.

    You could also take a few color chips home and match to your wall. Assuming that they chose your color from those same color chips at the closest paint store that may be the safe bet.

  • Deborah Deborah on Jun 21, 2018
    Thanks to all !! Ken, your advice is just right !!

  • Kc Kc on Jun 21, 2018
    Yeah, I don't trust tech to get the best match either.
    You really should hunt for a small chip because you want a match of the gloss as well as the color.
    Even with a really good color and gloss match you should be prepared to do a lot of feathering out/dry brushing to blend the new with the old.