Colour matching- satinwood and matt

29 Jul 2019
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How much variation should there be in colour between satinwood and matt?

I'm doing a wall in matt and a skirting in satinwood. I had colour matching done with Dulux at Homebase and both tins have the exact same code - the satinwood was deemed to have a match factor of 0.005 (I think) which is supposed to mean 'undetectable).

I'd disagree.

Is this normal? It's not even a little bit different, it's literally light green compared to dark green.
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Some shade difference is normal as the matt and satin reflect light differently but that is well out!
Having the same trouble with an on line supplier, I bought a tin of Putting Green and needed a bit more to finish so ordered a small one to finish, not too worried if there was a slight shade change as I only had the inside of the door to do.
Colour totally different one a pale green the other dark like yours.
Just heard today they have two Putting Green colours on their machine, which do I want!
I will not post the companies name it would not be fair as they have been polite and helpful so far, hopefully they will sort the problem out.

Worth checking if the place that mixed yours has more than one version of the colour on their machine.
It's an alphanumeric code rather than a name, so it's definitely the exact same colour.

I'm thinking there's either a problem with the machine or the satinwood paint just inherently can't match properly as it's such a dark colour which lights up on reflection.

In the end I've given up and just used the same tin that I put on the walls, and will then seal with a satin finish clear varnish.
I had a similar problem about 4 years ago. I painted the property above a shop with Dulux Trade masonry paint. The guys doing the shop front used the same colour in a different finish. The two colours were massively different. I did contact Dulux, they asked me to post them a bit of lining paper with both paints. The people painting the shop never got around to giving me a sample so I let it slide.

Having spoken to Dulux in the past about new tins of a coloured emulsion being massively different to a 5 year old tin of the same emulsion, they explained that as new base colours or tint formulations change, some paint colours "drift" away from the correct colour. It is possible that no one has gotten around to mixing up some of the eggshell and comparing it to the original colour.

If you can be bothered, you can phone them and then send them samples of both paint on some paper. Dulux are pretty good at sending out vouchers when they are at fault.
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I would expect some difference due to the reflective finish of satinwood but nothing like in your picture.

I expect it's clearly visible even just in the tin?

I'd go back to Homebase and say your not happy with the picture and tins!

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