Then something happened, and it wasn't so easy anymore. Had I instantly become more discerning? Had my eye improved?
No, it was something called "exterior house painting," which vastly raises the bar for getting the color choice right.
Paint color samples seem like a slam-dunk. Smear on a sample, pronounce it perfect, and proceed to buy 30 more gallons. Not so fast. Even the choice, purchase, and application of paint color samples are not so simple. Here are a few tips:
1. What Is a Paint Color Sample?Paint color samples are actual liquid samples of paint in sizes ranging from 7.2 oz. to around 30 oz. These samples are available from both paint stores (i.e., Sherwin Williams) and big box and hardware stores (i.e., Home Depot and Ace). They are meant to be brushed onto the area that you intend to paint.
2. How to Request a Color Sample
- Go to the store and find the color chip card of the color you like.
- Scan nearby colors of varying shades and intensities. Can you find two or three that are close to your first pick? If so, pull them out, too.
- Use a pen to checkmark all of your picks and take them to the paint counter.
- Tell the customer service associate you would like samples of each color.
- It usually takes 15 minutes for samples to be mixed.
- Upon receipt, verify that the mixes are correct. Wrong mixes do happen (I've had this happen; See Sherwin Williams Review.)