Boxing Paint Gallons. No, we’re not talking about how to beat up your paint gallons! But did you know I had 25 amateur fights and 1 pro fight as a boxer? I’m talking about pouring all the paint gallons together into one container before you start painting. Why?
When we buy paint, the color is added to white paint by a computer. The computer can mess up by putting too much or too little of one pigment, which can make that gallon of paint a slightly different color. By boxing paint gallons, you have achieved consistency throughout the paint job.
But what if you didn’t box the paint before you started and need to fix the paint job?
I have had times when I didn’t box the paint beforehand and the areas from where I cut in (used a brush) looked different from where I had rolled.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but you should box what paint you have left, and start over. This is the only way to make the color look exact throughout the whole room.
The Moral of the Story
Whenever you get more than one gallon of paint, always box your paint so you don’t have to curse the paint store for the next few hours.
This can also happen when you pick up more paint from a different store. The machines can be calibrated differently giving it a much different color. But this is a story for another blog.