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        I'm doing some touch-up painting on walls I freshly painted 2 years ago. I'm using the same paint (out of the same cans), an interior acrylic latex in a "heavy cream" color. The paint seems fine (i.e., no obvious effects of time), but, when applied, it does not exactly match the original paint. The touch-up paint is lighter. This is true anywhere in the house, regardless of the exposure of the original paint to sunlight. Even several weeks after the touch-up has been applied, it's lighter; so it's not a matter of letting the paint cure. Any way to correct this?
         
        Posts: 97 | Registered: Nov 06, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        welcome to the wonderful world of dirt. do you cook? burn candles? smoke? these are the kinds of things that settle on the wall and darken the paint. short of a full repainting, that's what ya got.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5864 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Yup. If you want a perfect match at the very least you need to paint the entire wall into the next corner. As you have found, even the same paint will change color over time.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10499 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Before I paint a wall, I always clean it (duh), and I can readily see the difference: cleaned vs. not-yet-cleaned. Here, I can clean the wall till the cows come home, and there's no clean spot vs dirty spot. So, I don't think the darker area is dirtier while the newly painted area is lighter because it is cleaner. I do think it is possible that both the paint on the wall and the paint remaining in the can may change. Another possibility is that the darker area has quietly, even furtively, gone over to the dark side while the paint in the can is pale because, after all, it has been kept in a can. But none of that helps.
         
        Posts: 97 | Registered: Nov 06, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        you've got the can, and the color recipe, so get another gallon and blow an hour rolling the wall. that's all it will take. stuff happens. work around it.


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5864 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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