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Matching spray paint to paint-paint
August 27, 2014 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Can I find a spray paint that matches Sherwin Williams' "Smoke Tree"?

The trim of our house is going to be smoke tree. Our downspout gutters are dark brown. We can either spray paint the vertical pieces of the gutters dark brown again (which matches the house overall) or paint them the color of the trim, which is Smoke Tree.

I don't think just using the Smoke Tree paint on the downspouts would 'stick' long term, and furthermore, I don't want to have to brush it on because I am lazy.

Sorry this question is so boring.
posted by A Terrible Llama to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
 
Not sure if you're looking for specific recommendations, but maybe Montana Black Color 7120 (Lennox).
posted by melissasaurus at 8:28 AM on August 27


Exterior paint sticks to gutters fine, in my experience.

And rent a paint sprayer.
posted by pheide at 9:06 AM on August 27 [3 favorites]


There are companies that will make a custom spray can for you. For Example There may be a local paint store that will do this for you. Call the non-branded stores first.

I agree with pheide though. A sprayer would be better. You are going to go through a lot of rattle cans.
posted by Talk To Me Goose at 9:09 AM on August 27


I don't want to have to brush it on because I am lazy.

You know, you really don't have to paint at all if they're already the color of the house. I've heard that because gutters and other sticky-outy bits of a house (like meterboxes, etc) serve a utilitarian and not a decorative/design purpose, there's really no need to call attention to them. Someone who agrees.

Forgive me for not answering your question with a specific product recommendation -- but you say you don't want to paint, and honestly, there's no need to.
posted by mochapickle at 9:17 AM on August 27


pheide is correct, you can use the exterior paint for the gutters, with a paint sprayer. Using individual spray cans would get super-pricey, if you have a lot of gutters.
posted by xingcat at 10:06 AM on August 27


And rent a paint sprayer.

This.
Don't knock yourself out trying to find a canned spray paint that matches the color your want. Just rent a sprayer and be done with it.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:32 AM on August 27


Keep in mind a few points. Your gutters and downspouts (you don't say if they're metal or vinyl, btw) are a different material and/or texture from the rest of your trim, so won't look the same regardless.

I see that Smoke Tree is a stain, so I have to assume your exterior is wood, but stain would not work on your gutters/spouts unless those are wood or perhaps wood composite (this is pretty rare). I think you'll just have to find a best match in latex paint and spray that (yes, I concur with spraying as the best choice, but not from cans!). Can't you get S-W to recommend a match? Something in th Warm Neutrals group would seem fine, perhaps Sticks & Stones or Keystone Gray, at a glance? S-W staff could get you the closest RGB values, but ....

As I say, even if it isn't super close, the difference in texture means it won't look exactly the same anyway, so something in the same relative range of hue will actually be fine. After weathering, probably barely noticeable. It's possible that the S-W guys will be able to tell you how much the stain and latex will weather and in what direction over, say, 3-5 years, and that might affect which paint you go with.
posted by dhartung at 1:17 PM on August 27


Seconding ask the Sherwin Williams folks. They are a treasure trove of painting knowledge. They'll know what kind of paint will stick to your gutters, how to apply it and can color match things (not necessarily spray paint, but I personally haven't tried that...)
posted by sarajane at 1:50 PM on August 27


I see that Smoke Tree is a stain, so I have to assume your exterior is wood, but stain would not work on your gutters/spouts unless those are wood or perhaps wood composite

You're correct, it's a stain, and the gutters are metal.

ve heard that because gutters and other sticky-outy bits of a house (like meterboxes, etc) serve a utilitarian and not a decorative/design purpose, there's really no need to call attention to them. Someone who agrees.


I totally agree but from the link:
If the gutters run along the trim, match the gutters to the trim color so the gutters disappear.

...and the downspouts run along trim bits, sad to say.

Thanks everyone. I have a week to figure this out. I think we'll try Montana 7120 if I can figure out where to buy it and see how it looks. If it's not perfect, we'll just do brown. (We can't just leave them the brown of yesteryear because it's not the same as the brown of this year, and because they're splattered with the red stain of days of yore from the previous owners forays into shitty paint jobs, which also included electric blue bedrooms and an incredibly saturated shade of coral in the living room. "They were artists," the realtor said. Right.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:54 AM on August 28


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