Home Depot store sells a variety of different exterior/interior paints with tons of shades you can think of.
But still, if you want your home to look amazing, you need to find the best color combination for it.
Sometimes the unique hue you have in your mind is not readily available in stores.
Or you may want a color for your bedroom that is not too common.
In such cases, you may think it would be great if Home Depot could help you with that and mix your paint for curbside pickup.
Fortunately, the answer is yes! At Home Depot, they can pour and mix the paint – so your color match is spot on and is available for curbside pickup.
Whether it’s an old satin color you used a decade ago, a glossy new color from another store, or just a matte/flat finish you envisioned, the team at Home Depot can make it for you.
In fact, I would say that the paint mixing process at Home Depot is super straightforward and smooth.
But still, you need to know a few other things, for example:
- What the matching and mixing costs are,
- What types/brands of paint will Home Depot mix,
- How they mix the paint to match the shade you have in mind,
Besides the above, you also need to understand what color(s) you want,
do you want multiple shades of different colors at once versus picking just one shade each from a wide selection available at present?
I’m ready with all my findings, so let’s dive right into things…
Paint Mixing Cost At Home Depot
Well, here things get interesting! Because at most Home Depot stores near you, they DO NOT charge you to mix the paint.
So, if you’re planning on buying a 5-gallon container of paint, it will cost the same price whether you buy it pre-tinted or have them mix it for you for customization.
This also means that if you are just purchasing the untinted base paint can off the shelf at Home Depot and you plan to have them mix it for you, the price will be included in the can.
Also, if you bring your old paint to a Home Depot paint center (purchased at Home Depot), you can have it shaken up in their machines for free.
That said, if you want Home Depot to mix paint purchased elsewhere or stir the old paint lying in your garage for a couple of months, they may refuse or charge you a nominal fee for this service, depending on the store you visit.
Also, there may be some colors that require a certain level of expertise to match and deliver your exact project.
These can be charged between $75 and $175 (or even more, up to $450) based on the complexity.
You can often reimburse this matching fee if you are buying the paint at Home Depot in large quantities.
The best way to determine this is to call your local store and ask them about their policy on mixing paint purchased from other stores, along with any discounts you can avail for buying a larger quantity.
When it comes to the cost of Home Depot’s curbside pickup, there is no extra fee for this service as long as the paint is bought from Home Depot.
You will only be charged the price of the paint itself, plus any other materials you purchase along with it.
Types of Paint Home Depot Store can Mix
The Home Depot offers a large selection of paint colors in its paint department.
These include flat, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, high gloss, interior, exterior, etc.
So, you can be sure to find the perfect color for your project needs.
When it comes to mixing paint, Home Depot can mix any type of paint that they sell in-store.
This includes all of the different brands that they sell, such as Behr and Glidden.
Some stores also carry Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren paints, which can also be mixed, but they are rare.
How Home Depot Mix the Paint to Match Your Shade?
Home Depot stores near you have special machines (like spectrophotometers) that they use to mix the paint.
This assures that the color will be mixed correctly and accurately to match the free Home Depot sample or shade you have in mind.
The overall process to match, mix and get custom paint color for curbside pickup at Home Depot is pretty simple:
- First, you need to find the color code for the shade you want.
- This can be done by finding a sample of the color or by using their ProjectColor color matching software online.
- Once you have the code, call them and give them the code. Depending on the store, you may need to take it to the paint desk at your local store and tell them the container size of the color you need to get mixed.
- They will then input the code into their machine to tint the paint for you.
- Once it is mixed, they will pour it into the container and affix the label that will have the color name and code, as well as the date that it was mixed.
- You can then take the paint to your car and be on your way!
How Good is Home Depot Paint Matching – Can They Match From a Paint Chip?
From my own experience, I would say Home Depot is highly accurate at paint matching for 95% of the colors. The other 5% of the time, they will be off by a shade or so.
This can also be verified by mixed reviews Home Depot has for its paint matching services from different customers.
In my opinion, this is not because of negligence but generally due to the fact that colors can appear different when they are in liquid form vs. on a paint chip.
- That said, if you bring in a sample of the color you want to be matched (like a piece of fabric, drywall, wood, paint cans, paint can lid, or chips of paint), they will be able to get it right almost every time.
- Even if you bring the readable size paint chip or swatch (in more than 3 cm³) from other stores, Home Depot will be able to get a perfect color match for you with no issues.
- The same goes for if you use their ProjectColor software online. This is because the software uses a “digital image” of the color, which is more accurate than a physical sample.
Many of the color recipes and formulations of popular paint brands are included in Home Depot’s database, allowing the computer to provide a match for the majority of paints.
But let’s say you bring the photo of color already on your old walls to get the exact match shade; it might not be possible to get an accurate match.
This is because the aged color has already been mixed and has already been there for years facing different types of environmental conditions, so it might have changed shades.
In such a case, there is no way to know the exact recipe that was used to make the original color of the spray paint.
Does home depot re-tint my paint for free?
If you have paint from Home Depot and want to make it darker, the staff will try to adjust the color of your paint with an extra shot of pigment.
This means you don’t need to pay any fees for tweaking the color if you have bought the paint at Home Depot.
What codes can Home Depot match paint with?
Home Depot can guarantee to match paints with virtually any paint code, such as RGB color codes, Hex color codes, and CMYK color codes, to help get you custom paint colors.
Moreover, if you have a sample of the color you want in your iPhone picture, they will also be able to match it for you.
Can they match colors for automotive spray paints?
Yes, many stores carry brands of automotive paints like Rust-Oleum, Duralux, and more.
Within their paint matching department, they can easily provide you with a color match for any automotive spray paint you need.
The bottom line
Home Depot is pretty good at matching colors, but there are always going to be some cases where they might be off by a shade or so.
However, if you bring in a sample of the color you want to match, they should be able to get pretty close.
So, if you’re considering using Home Depot for your next painting project, go ahead and give them a try – you might be pleasantly surprised at how well they do.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.
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