How effective is colour matching paint effective?

How similar do paint products tend to be when colour matching? Are the differences actually noticeable in reality between a budget-friendly option and the more costly alternative they resemble?

Asked by Greg on 1st Dec 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"It’s all chance, sometimes colour match can be spot on l, its just luck really"
Answered on 13th Jan 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Colour matches through Valspar at B&Q are very good if you take a sample needs to be at least 1 inch square
Last job I did I removed a a small piece of painted plasterboard to match colour and it turned out great"
Answered on 13th Jan 2023 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
"Why is it so hard to make touch-ups match? Turns out, it's all about watching the paint dry. Two painters can touch up the same wall at the same time, use paint from the same can and get completely different touch-up results"
Answered on 22nd Dec 2022 - Member since May 2022 - report
"Normally most trade paint stores are very accurate but would recommend getting a tester pot first to ensure you’re happy……"
Answered on 1st Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"It is a noticeble differnce between brands of paint . Very hard to match it."
Answered on 5th Dec 2022 - Member since Jun 2019 - report
"Depending on what kind of paints I combine, there are also some exact brands of paint that really do not have a big difference, only in price, those can be used, I recommend Leyland
or dulux are relatively cheap and high quality paints. I hope my answer is of some use to you and if you want to combine the two to obtain an exact color, it would be the perfect combination."
Answered on 1st Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"I get all my colour matches from brewers and they are usually pretty accurate but bare in mind you should always use the same store for repeat orders as each machine is calibrated differently resulting in a slightly different shade"
Answered on 1st Dec 2022 - Member since Mar 2017 - report
"Hi Greg, providing you can obtain a big enough sample of the original material, be it render , paint or fabric that you are trying to match the colour matching process at your local decorators merchant or DIY store should be able to get a 99.9% match"
Answered on 1st Dec 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
"Hi go with your budget.. don't get me wrong there isn't any point goin to get 5 litre tub for 5 pounds as it will be pants.. but b n q paint is fine I've used farrel and ball and it's no different to dulux vynal matt.. but wen matching if they can't get the exact which is unlikely but just incase they will always get as close to it as they can and tbf it's never really that far off
Goto decorators"
Answered on 19th Dec 2022 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
"2 things for me is they don't always match & quality, as I find not all paints spread the same. That's the short version"
Answered on 1st Dec 2022 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
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