Painting your home

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As I begin to transition into Real Estate, I must work a job to pay the bills until I am established. I spend about ten and a half hours per day working in a paint store in Knoxville, TN. I am in a designer/retail/higher end clientel store where many people come into the store fretting over colors. We offer several options to these type people whether they are building a new home, remodeling, repainting. First of all, new construction clients who are getting custom homes are the most likely the one's who are stressing about matching colors to their personal taste. One way our store can help them is we offer The Voice of color system developed by a designer to ease the stress of choosing colors. The system allows them to take a test and answer questions about their interest and personality. The system then recommends color systems that match their personal taste. We often recommend that those not using a designer to use this system or we have a in house person who will come out and look at the space. The recommendations are then made regarding color choices. Lighter more nuetral colors are always easier to help resale a home. I always tell the stressed to relax they are in a paint store, we are there to make the job easier. After the first two items are complete, we begin the process of putting together a color pallet. The best way the client can help a paint professional is to have as many of the things you are tryting to match as possible. Most people don't understand that in matching stains, the paint professional needs the actual wood that will be stained because some homes have several different types of wood that react differently to the same color of stain. We also recommend that the client choose colors that they like, but remembering that if they want to keep resale value they should try to keep colors light and nuetral. Color matching is now a universal phonomenon. Most paint stores have a color match computer that has many fan decks to cross reference to make any color available. BUT, most of all, the biggest and most important part of choosing colors is to purchase samples first. A color chip is manufactured with ink. The ink card cannot show you the true color or the sheen. The higher the sheen, the darker the color becomes. A color that looks tan on a card can actually cast yellow, green or red when the paint is mixed. Most stores now carry the cheaper samples, but others will make you a pint or quart for a nominal fee. Which is alot cheaper than having it painted and then paying for paint and labor. Lastly, touching up is nealry impossbile without the original paint bucket so save your original buckets in a cool dry place to preserve the paint for touch-ups. If you are selling your home, touching up is alot cheaper than repainting the whole house.


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Duane Hosek
Coldwell Banker - Lewis-Kirkeby-Hall - Rapid City, SD
Hey Vernon.............I know nothing about paint............but now I do.   Thanks.........I had no idea about this stuff...........Duane Hosek in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Aug 09, 2007 03:46 PM #1
Crystal Pina
774.289.5521 - Worcester, MA
Remax Professional Associates

Paint is the easiest way to personalize a room or a home. I have one bedroom in my home that's belonged to each one of my kids at one time or another. If you look closely around the edges you can see all the colors that room has been.

It's about to become my office. I'm thinking about a nice neutral color this time.

Aug 09, 2007 03:53 PM #2
Monica HCP
HCP - Phoenix, AZ
HI Vernon, Would holding on to the original paint can help if the manufacturer has reformulated their base?
Aug 09, 2007 05:46 PM #3
vernon corum
BIZIDY Business Identity Solutions - Fountain City, TN

In response to holding onto an orginalpaint can....

An orginal paint can give the paint professionals many clues to how to get you the right formulation.

1st, the paint can should have a formula on the lid which makes it easy for them to just reshoot the orginal formula. One other thing to look out for is many paint stores have several tint machines that are calibrated every so often and often are not calibrated to shoot the formulations the same from machine to machine. In our store, we just added a new machine and got rid of another. So from time to time the best sample to rematch is the orginal wet sample from your saved bucket.

2nd, I know of one manufacture of paint who was purchased by a larger manufacturer and reformulated all of the paint bases. My corporation made several acquistions last year and reformulated several of their bases. This doesn't bother a true color matcher/specialist. We can match colors from a sample the size of a pea within a shade or two. We can definitely get colors to match from corner to corner on a adjacent wall.

3rd, If all else fails, we ask customers to get us a small piece of the sheet rock the cut out in an inconspicous place. When they repaint they just joint compound over the spot and repaint that spot. A great help in getting a good touch up down the road is a dead flat finish. Flat finishes hide all of the drywall imperfections. We have a couple of washable flats that touch-up very well. The more sheen you have the more imperfections show and touching up is nearly impossible especially on dark colors in nuetral bases (meaning clear bases without much titanium in them). The more white a color has the better it covers. 

Lastly, a couple of other reminders regarding paint purchases: 1. Always make sure your paint is 100% acrylic in a water base paint. There are many paints on the market that are not very good because the base is waterd down and without the binders it needs to help it adhere to the substrate. 2. Look for healthy alternatives. We have a product with low odor or v.o.c.'s (volital organic compounds the thing that is hurtingus and our environment) or no odor or v.o.c's call Pure Performance. Science has made great strides in helping people with allergies or breathing problems.  This product has the green seal as an environmentally safe product. 3. You get what you pay the salesperson for. In a paint store their are many prices. Contractors, wholesale, designers, and retail. Many of our competitors offer oupons and discounts on "retail" pricing. Just let the paint salesperson know you are a real estate agent and that you have many contacts who need paint and I would bet you will get help in the discount department. 4. Make sure that you ask the right questions before letting the paint professional tint any paint for you because when they tint a base it is then charged to you.


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