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How Multi Color Paint Can Solve Common Color Issues

Posted by Megan Thome on Jan 26, 2017 2:20:00 PM
Common Color Issues Solved With Multi Color Paint

Paint color should be the easiest thing in the world, and many often assume that picking the perfect color for the job is going to be a breeze. You'd be surprised to find out that this isn't always the case! There are 4 main problems associated purely with the color of paint you've chosen for your job. We'll go through these 4 problems and show you how multi-color paint could be your night in shining armor.

Download this post as a checklist here.


Matching ink can be a common color issue for paint manufacturers

1. Matching

Matching from samples to walls is not always the easiest thing to get right. Many paint manufacturers don't use real paint for their fan decks, meaning they are produced with ink. Ink tends to be much more pure and bright than paint, and many times it is hard to get the vibrancy you see in the ink sample in your paint. Though paint manufacturers and printers have gotten very good at matching ink colors and paint, the actual paint you specify for your project may vary slightly from what you see in your fan deck. This is most likely to happen in the bright vivid colors. 

Looking to avoid this? 9 times out of 10 you probably don't need to worry about it. However, we highly recommend requesting an actual paint sample before specifying just to confirm that you'll be getting the color you *really* want.

Multi color paint can bring a whole new life to that flat ink color you're looking for for your project. Multi color paint can match the color while also adding dimension and movement to your space!

Fading is a common color issue for paint and wallcovering

2. Fading

We've all been there, fading happens. Remember that scene in Everybody Loves Raymond where Marie removes the giant wooden spoon and fork that have been hanging on her wallcovering for years? Oof. Surfaces exposed to UV light are prone to fading, and you'll notice oil based paints will even start to yellow. Urethane and 100% acrylic paints have the best color retention in high UV settings, whereas vinyl paints experience fading, oil or epoxy paints experience yellowing. Nobody wants to deal with fading or yellowing - especially after you've spent all that time and money on the job. The best way to avoid this is to specify urethane and 100% acrylic paints. 

multi color paint can hide fading over years

Of course the fading we're talking about here is not the trending ombre effect that can mimic fading.

Different sheens affect the color you choose

3. Sheen

Sheen, of course, also has an impact on your chosen color and how it appears. A gloss sheen intensifies the color you've chosen, however, if this is in an area that receives a lot of light the gloss is going to reflect more, causing the color to appear much lighter and difficult to interpret. Flat colors on the other hand absorb more light and thus appear darker than their glossy counterparts.

Though it seems like a small detail, it's important to consider this when finishing the design of your space. Is the space in question a windowless corridor off a bright entryway? Painting the walls a lighter tint of the color used in the main area in a slightly higher sheen would lighten up the corridor and maintain a sense of flow.

Multi Color Paint has better hide than flat paints

4. Low Hide

We've probably all experienced the frustration in low hide paints, whether on a job site or when we went to go paint over our dark red kitchen and thought we'd be able to get it done in one coat and it ended up being a big mess... I digress. As it turns out, paints will have different levels of coverage and hide depending on their base color. Colors chosen that use a white base are going to have the best hide because they contain the highest amounts of titanium dioxide pigment, creating colors that have better hiding qualities and coverage.

As you get into deeper colors you remove more and more of this white pigment (titanium dioxide) in order to achieve these darker colors and make room for the additional colorants. Without the white pigment these dark tones generally take additional coats in order to cover, additionally these colors often experience a drop in performance and wash-ability.

Multi color paints are going to give you the best hide available for your dollar. Multi color paints also tend to be textured, hiding the imperfections on your walls as a bonus (something flat paints could never do), also increasing the durability and cleanability of your walls.

Download this post as checklist for a reminder on how to avoid these issues! 

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