Tips for "fixing" the color of a gallon of paint?
November 3, 2007 6:32 PM Subscribe
I'm asking this on behalf of a friend, who's just bought a relatively pricey gallon of interior paint only to discover it's not coming out the color she'd wanted. What would be the best (i.e., most reliable and least expensive) way of fixing this? Can she simply buy a different color and mix her own?
posted by zeph to home & garden (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The paint in question is latex and was supposed to be orange (a bright orange - think "nectarine") but instead is drying as a goldenrod-yellow. Sites like this
give hope that mixing to adjust the color -is- possible, but unfortunately we're having little luck coming up with specific tips, do's, and don'ts (for instance, some sites suggest you can alter paint with Kool-Aid, while others state that that's a Very Bad Idea). Can anybody who's had experience with this help? Are there tints she could buy to change the color - and if so, where should she look to find such things? Would it be best to simply buy more paint and mix the two? If so, any suggestions as to the color/type of paint she should find to mix in - I'd assume a red would work but is that correct?
I realize that some amount of experimentation will be necessary but given the cost of the initial gallon, my friend is reluctant to go out and buy -more- until she's got confirmation that it could work.
Gosh, isn't moving -fun-?