Tip Trader: Matching Paints Perfectly

Handyman Club members share their home and workshop hints.

Paint-by-number danger
As paint-tinting machines in home centers are upgraded, they aren’t able to match old formulas perfectly, even within their own house brands, says Club member Tim Sullivan of Minneapolis, Minnesota. To be sure you get the color you’re looking for, he suggests painting a 4-in. square of white cardboard and jotting down the brand, color name, formula and sheen for each paint that you use on a project. “Then the paint department can scan and match the color sample years later,” Tim says.

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