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Paintshop: Selecting Paint Colors Using Online Chip Catalogs

Shopping for the best paint color for a surface or area is only a CLICK away. Via the internet, you can search any major or specialty paint manufacturer’s website.


And, you can access their complete color chip catalog, including each color’s name and product number.


Usually, the paint chips will be organized by color family. Also, they will be categorized by certain criteria.


  1. Surface – interior or exterior.
  2. Substrate – e.g. wood, masonry. Metal.
  3. Paint sheen/finish – e.g. flat/matte, eggshell , satin, semi-gloss, gloss, high-gloss.
  4. Paint type – e.g. latex, oil-base, acrylic latex, primer/finish duo.
  5. Environment/climate – eg. dry, wet, humid/tropic, cold.
  6. Unique features.
  7. Paint quality – e.g. good, superior, premium, heavy duty.


October and November tend to be the ideal time to CLICK on a paint manufacturer’s site for news about the new colors for the next year. Each color and each color combination will be shown in appropriate product-color-surface applications. By room or area.


EXAMPLE: Sherwin-Williams “Poised Taupe SW 6039.”


  1. Living room setting: The color may be shown on an accent wall.
  2. Dining room: Color may be used on the upper part of a dado wall, or old wooden chairs.
  3. Entertainment room: Color may be applied in alternate vertical stripes on a wall.
  4. Master bedroom suite: Color may be used on a recessed wall or alcove.
  5. House masonry exterior: Color may be used as predominant color, or trim color.


For real excitement, try the virtual, or 3-D visualization, capability available on most paint manufacturer’s sites.


  1. CLICK on the chip of color you are considering.
  2. CLICK on the type of room or area in which you want to use the color.
  3. See how the color might actually look.
  4. See how your chosen paint color might be combined with other colors for total effect.
  5. See how your color might look in rooms of different styles or with decor – eg. traditional, provincial, contemporary, eclectic.
  6. See how your color might look under different light exposures – eg. full sun, partial sun, partial shade, or full shade room or wall.


In my opinion: Nothing beats the visit to the paint store to find the exact color that you need.


Still, shopping online first can save a lot of time and money. And, when the color needs to be approved by someone else, a few strategic CLICKS and PRINTs in color can save you a lot  of grief – and repainting – later on.



Chip away at correct color selection by first CLICKing on paint chips.


Many thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: Paint and Materials Recycling

When a job is completed, what do you do with what’s left over?


To save money, many choose to throw everything away, or to store it. Neither is beneficial to the environment or your bottom line. Chemicals including paints, solvents and oil products can be expensive to dispose of.  Or, to store safely.


Proper recycling means these items are delivered to a special place.


One such place, Safety Clean, makes it their business to render these products benign to the environment. The company either converts them chemically. Or, they put them in a self-storage unit, in a specifically- designed safety container system. The down side is that it costs the person delivering the product.


In some cases, such as with solvents, they are often filtered and sold for reuse.


How about the average painter in the field? What can he do?


Enough painters, when through with a job, take their unused paint and materials home with them. They think to themselves: I may be able to use this gallon of paint somewhere. Or, they tell themselves, “ I can’t take the time to dispose of it properly.”


These are your main options. Some come with a big cost; others not so much.


  1. Use a partially filled container of material, which is at risk of leaking. Fill the container with sand. Then, mix until it has the consistency of concrete. No cost, except for sand.
  2. Dirty solvents stored in a contained may also be filled with sand to absorb the liquid.
  3. To prevent materials from entering the ground surface water, burn them in a metal drum. Use charcoal to ignite. The downside: Burning chemicals releases toxic smoke into the air.
  4. Note: I would attempt this only in the country where neighbors won’t be offended. And, hopefully, the pollutants have more room to dissipate.


Practical Use Recycling


Think of it as a resource for reuse. Paints come in all sorts of various types. They vary in their chemical make-up, and in their degree of impact to the environment.


Putting a paint to use after its initial use is something that is not usually thought of.


A list of possible uses for left over paint and finishing products:


  1. Left over oil-based primers can be mixed together for use as a prime coat for larger projects. Example: metal roofs, structural steel, and sheet metal sided buildings.
  2. Latex top coats may be mixed together to apply as a first coat on drywall surfaces.
  3. Latex primers can be reused on consecutive, unrelated projects on multi surfaces.
  4. Stains may be used to tint other stains and even oil based paints.
  5. Polyurethanes/Varnishes can be used on new wood projects. Here, place them through a strainer and thin with the appropriate solvent to replace what has evaporated.
  6. Epoxy/Urethane material may be reused if the catalyst has not been contaminated, or each component not over heated.
  7. Dirty solvents can be reused if properly filtered. Example: Mineral spirits, lacquer thinner can be reused if properly filtered.


The keys to recycling? Know your products. Know what you’re doing. And, always play it safe!



Responsible recycling benefits everyone’s environment – and lives!



Thanks, everyone, for those insightful and honest e-mails sent during the Christmas holidays.

And, many thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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