Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Paint Colors

1. How is Sure Swatch more accurate than painting on a white sheet of material?paint swatches accuracy white dog
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.

Time using paint swatch2. 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?bright vibrant paint colors colorful poodle
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.


comparing paint colors4. 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?paint colors cans
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.


do I need a primer7. 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.

Picking the right colors for your home’s walls is a very important decision. The wall paint color you choose for each wall of every room that you paint will set the tone for that room and allow you to decorate further in order to achieve the desired look. Find out what wall colors work best with the atmosphere that you are trying to achieve.

 SureSwatch®… See Paint Colors. On Your Wall. Without a MESS!