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maxmillan 05-31-2010 02:31 PM

are paint colour codes universal?
My tenant wants to paint with Benjamin Moore paint. I can get a better deal with Mills Paint in Vancouver BC. The tenant has given me a colour code for her choice. Would Mills Paint be able to replicate the exact colour with this code or do I need a swatch or do I need a chip sample?

Nestor_Kelebay 05-31-2010 09:44 PM

No, the tint formula for a paint will be specific to the particular paint manufacturer and will only be "right on" for that manufacturer's paint. Your best bet would be to find out what Benjamin Moore colour that tint formula applies to, get a sample chip of that BM colour, and give it to Mills paint to duplicate.

You see, the first thing that's going to make a difference is that each company's "white" tint base is a different colour. Paint tint bases only look white when you've got nothing else to compare them to, but just like different sheets of white paper, they'll all be different shades of white when compared side by side. So, tinting someone else's tint base will result in a similar, but not quite right, colour.

Also, every different paint manufacturer will have it's own paint colourants, and these won't always match. For example, if BM uses an orange colourant in it's tinting machine and Mill's doesn't, if the tint formula calls for some of that orange colourant and Mills paint uses a mixture of yellow and red instead, then the two paints might end up being visibly different.

Also, different paint companies will use different pigments in their colourants. There are a half dozen different red pigments and another half dozen different yellow pigments being used to tint paints, and each different red or yellow has a different hue.

So, get a sample chip of the BM paint your tenant likes, and get Mills paints to reproduce that colour with their tint machine. With the colour matching computers they have now, they should be able to do that without a problem.

handyguys 06-01-2010 10:58 AM

Many specialty paint dealers will also have color conversion charts. I know my local Benjamin Moore dealer does. I can take a Sherwin Williams color code into them and they can cross reference in a book and then mix it up without having a sample. Or, as nestor said, take in a chip and they can scan it. It will be so close no one will notice if its a hair off.

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