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Same Paint color/code but different brand?

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Oct 17, 2002
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Same Paint color/code but different brand?

Bought a house a few months ago and did some touchups to the walls on the weekend. There was some left over paint (Benjamin Moore - must be really old, because they dont sell this type of paint anymore) which matched the existing wall colors, but not enough to finish the job. So I went over to homedepot yesterday, but they dont carry benjamin moore, so I bought Behr. Gave the code and color name, and the associate made the paint color.

Odd thing is, when I started and finished painting (let it dry overnight), the color is noticeably lighter! I'm an amateur painter, so I didnt think this would make much of a difference, but now I'm wondering if the associate made a mistake? Should I have cut a piece of the paint off the wall and let HD do a color match? Or just bite the bullet and go to some benjamin moore authorized dealer/store, and pay the premium to match the color?

Also, what exactly is 'Low Sheen'? Is this equivalent to eggshell or satin?
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Deal Guru
Jan 25, 2007
10069 posts
Benjamin Moore has about 12 different made up “sheens” which make the paint look darker or lighter. I had an issue matching some a while ago as well. Was a huge PITA.
Jun 10, 2008
467 posts
Halton Hills
It'll never be a perfect match. You can have slightly different shades from the same can if you dont mix thoroughly everytime.
Deal Addict
Nov 16, 2011
1326 posts
Take the paint & the can that it came out of to Benjamin Moore and get it done right,,,, too many variances between manufacturers,
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Oct 9, 2010
2760 posts
KennyX wrote: Should I have cut a piece of the paint off the wall and let HD do a color match?
Probably yes. I'd not use HD paint though ... I've had great luck with Sherwin-Williams being able to match paints when I bring them a flake.
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Deal Addict
Oct 22, 2002
1910 posts
Remember that you'll never be able to perfectly match paint that's already been on the wall for a period of time. Paint changes colour over time (fades in some cases, darkens in others). Really old paint used different solvents and pigment types as well.