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difference between off the shelf paint vs mixing in store?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Chrischecked, 26 Oct 2012.

  1. Chrischecked

    Chrischecked

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    Hi - is there a difference between the Dulux paint they mix there and then in store versus off the shelf Dulux tins? is quality the same?
    i'm guessing since it's the same brand shouldn't it be the same quality

    and you'd get it mixed to achieve a certain colour you can't get off the shelf?

    Thanks!
     
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    There is nothing wrong with either, but there will be very subtle differences in shade because of the distribution of the pigments blended to make the colour.
    Another thing worth noting is off the shelf will have a batch number, it is important to use tins from the same batches as again there can be slight differences with the shade.
    Also when having a colour made up make sure all the paint you require is done on the same machine because again the tinting machine can be quite individual and deliver slightly different recipes.

    Retail paints are designed to go on the wall straight out of the tin and are of less quality than trade labelled which is thicker to allow thinning to taste and the paint is better pigmented with greater opacity.

    Personal opinion is i think its best to buy off the shelf if you're going for retail paints, i don't think there's any difference in quality but tinting can be problematic as i've explained
    Hope that answers your question
     
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    The mixed-in-store Dulux paints tend to be their Tailor Made range and I think these are only available as Trade paints.

    Apart from the differences outlined by dcdec above, you have access to a much wider range of shades than you do with the off the shelf ones.
     
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    The "In store" Dulux paints are made for the retail market. In the B&Q near me, they mix Dulux paint for you in the Trade range. This has extra ingriedients that make it better. If it has "Trade" on the side of Dulux it will be the best one available. But also as dcdec says, to make sure you have it mixed on the same machine due to clour variations. Not all B&Q's will mix in Trade though. Dont know why mine does.
     
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