Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Paint Colors
1. How is Sure Swatch more accurate than painting on a white sheet of material?
Paint is like a film; the surface on which you are painting can affect the color you are trying to achieve through color matching. So unless you are painting directly on a white wall it is best not to use a white material for your test surface. The white material might give you a false positive. This means you might like the color you tried on the white material, but when you go to paint your wall the color will be different.
2. How long should I let each coat of paint dry when applying paint to the Sure Swatch?
Sure Swatch should dry in 20 – 60 minutes. Humidity and temperature could play an effect on this drying time. Make sure it is dry to the touch. Also, make sure there are no shiny or wet spots visible. Painting a color sample is easy with a SureSwatch.
3. How do I know if my color is bright and vibrant?
One of the easiest ways to know if you have a bright, vibrant color is to place the Primer Decider Scale under your painted Sure Swatch. If the coverage can be improved with the use of a gray primer than you have a bright, vibrant color.
4. How should I get the Sure Swatch sample off the wall?
Sure Swatch is a durable material that should not rip. The best way to remove is to gently lift a corner and peel in a diagonal motion.
5. Can I use any type of paint to test on Sure Swatch?
Sure Swatch is paintable with any sheen and any color paint. Any brand of paint will work as well with your paint matching efforts
6. Will it damage my walls?
Be sure not to apply Sure Swatch to wall paper, unpainted drywall or recently painted walls. The adhesive could cause damage to these types of substrates. It is suggested to remove Sure Swatch within 14 days of application. As with most painting projects it is best to start with a clean, dry and non-flaking surface.
7. Explain to me why a gray primer achieves my topcoat color.
Paints of all colors reflect different amounts of light. It’s easy to see that dark colors like deep blue reflect less light while bright colors like lemon yellow reflect more light. The same holds true for gray primers; dark gray primers reflect less light while light gray and white primers reflect more light. If the amount of light reflected by a topcoat color is matched by a gray primer, the eye perceives improved coverage of the topcoat. For example, deep blues look better over dark gray primers while bright yellows look best over light gray or white primers. The Primer Decider makes it easy to pick the right shade of gray primer for your specific topcoat color.
8. How can I determine if the paint on my wall is latex or oil based?
The old trick is to take fingernail polish on a cloth and lightly rub it in an inconspicuous test area. If it is latex, the paint will soften and can be easily removed. If the paint does not really seem to be affected by the test, it is typically an alkyd coating.
9. Can I apply latex over a surface that has been painted with an oil based paint?
With today’s technology, it should generally not be a problem. However, if it is an oil based paint, extra attention should be taken to remove the glossy sheen and remove all surface dirt. And finally, it is important to prime the surface with the appropriate primer to endure maximum adhesion.
10. What brush type should I use for the paint?
Typically, if you are looking for a smoother finish a synthetic brush is best and if you would like more texture, use a natural bristle brush. If you are using a latex paint, nylon or synthetic brushes are recommended while natural China bristle are recommended for oil based paints.