How to Achieve Color Consistency on Big Interior Paint Projects
Achieving consistent paint color on a small project is not usually a problem because all of the paint used comes out of the same can. When tackling a large, interior project with multiple walls and multiple cans of the same paint color, however, secrets of professional painters come in very handy. If you don’t know how to avoid it, you could easily end up with areas of your paint project looking not quite right because they are a close but not an exact match with the wall space around them.
There are several factors that can cause inconsistency in the color and sheen of paint. Avoid all of the possible problems by following these insightful tips:
Buying the Paint
The most important thing you can do when preparing for a large paint project is to buy all of the paint needed plus extra from the same place all at once. This gives you the best possible success at buying paint that is the exact same color because it is typically all the same batch of mixed paint.
Why, you might wonder, is this necessary when paint color mixing is computerized these days? There are many things that can cause small deviations in paint color, such as:
- Calibration equipment being a little off;
- Human error; and
- Using two different types of base.
Keeping Track of Cans of Paint
Do not switch to using a new can of paint when you are in the middle of painting a wall. Your goal is to avoid even subtle differences in color in places that will be noticeable. A slight difference in hue that is glaringly obvious when it occurs on the same wall can be completely unnoticeable when it occurs on different walls. This is true because every wall has a slightly different look, anyway, due to things like natural and artificial light.
Avoid using every last drop of your paint. The best thing you can do is keep track of which wall is painted with which can of paint and keep enough that it can be used for future touch-ups, thin spots, and missed spots.
Every layer of paint adds depth and richness to the color. For this reason, it is a mistake to try and cut corners by adding more coats of paint to some walls but not others. Painting a different number of layers from one wall to the next will definitely cause consistency of the paint job to suffer.
Consistent Paint Strokes
Another way to be sure you achieve a consistent look on your paint project is to:
- Make each finishing stroke on the surface in the same direction, that being towards the floor, straight down.
- Use a consistent amount of pressure as the paint is applied. Again, if you try to make your paint go further by changing the pressure, the difference in approach will be noticeable.
These are just some of the many secrets used by professional painters to achieve a virtually flawless finish. Contact us today to schedule interior or exterior painting of your home.
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