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Old Mar 25th 2014, 11:24 am
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Default Any Tips? Getting colour out of dried up paint

One of the wall is our new home needs touching up, a few marks in it. I have found the old tin of paint in the garage which is about a 1/5th full but all dried up.

Anyone have any tips on getting this paint usable at all, I only need couple of brushes worth.
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Old Mar 25th 2014, 12:24 pm
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Take it to Home Depot or Lowes. They have a colour matching thingie that will scan it and get you a fresh tin of paint.
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Old Mar 25th 2014, 12:34 pm
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There is no way back for dried up paint. If you know the name, you can buy a sample pot of pain, but don't expect an exact match, because between minor pigment variations and aging/ fading of the old paint, it probably won't be a perfect match.

You could try a "magic eraser" for really minor marks, but anything more and/or in an obvious location and unless you get very lucky with the colour match, painting the whole wall/ room will be the way to go.

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I've used the color match service at Home Depot a couple of times...once for a purple-y color for some furniture in my daughters room, and once to match up a wall color. Both times they have come up perfect. For the furniture I took in a drawers front, and for the wall I just scraped a small part(pinkie nail size) off the damaged area and they matched from that. It was $3 or $4 for a small color sample size pot.
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Or paint a similar colour over the whole of it.
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Remove wall entirely
In fact, remove all interior walls
And ceilings
And privacy

Walls are so then
Loft life is now
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Originally Posted by MMcD View Post
Remove wall entirely
In fact, remove all interior walls
And ceilings
And privacy

Walls are so then
Loft life is now
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RMw2so8jQk...fe%20soho4.jpg
I lived in a loft in the 80s....was that "then" or have I gone through a wormhole and it's "now"?
And if the latter, does anyone know where I can get some parachute pants, cos I managed to dodge that bullet first time round, but they did look comfy.......
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Default Re: Any Tips? Getting colour out of dried up paint

I don't think that if the can was 1/5 full that the paint would be ALL dried up. Sometimes, just puncturing the skin formed the top of the paint will reveal liquid at the bottom.

What is really a bitch is when the manufacturer has gone out of business. Our house has "Sinclair" and the exterior is "baltic mist" and the trim is "swiss coffee." Home Depot did a fairly good match on the swiss coffee when we had to do some termite repair on the front porch.
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Originally Posted by Yorkieabroad View Post
I lived in a loft in the 80s....was that "then" or have I gone through a wormhole and it's "now"?
And if the latter, does anyone know where I can get some parachute pants, cos I managed to dodge that bullet first time round, but they did look comfy.......
Me too
Diff being - back then - in the 80's it was a now and then, a once in awhile relative rarity; you and I were already living in the now, then, if you see what I mean.

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Parachute Pants? Dunno, sorry
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I don't think that if the can was 1/5 full that the paint would be ALL dried up. Sometimes, just puncturing the skin formed the top of the paint will reveal liquid at the bottom. .....
For an oil-based paint, you are correct, but modern "latex" paints just get thicker and thicker until they've dried out, .... and generally oil based paint is/ was not used for interior walls, which is what I get the impression that the OP is asking for help with.
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Default Re: Any Tips? Getting colour out of dried up paint

As well as magic eraser, a baby wipe gets a lot of marks and scuffs off walls.
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