How to change paint color

Written by mason howard
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Change a paint colour slightly if you opened a can of paint to find it is not quite the right colour or create a totally new colour using an all-purpose paint tint such as Tints-All. This paint tint is a highly concentrated pigment that will not fade with time and can be used in most types of paint, including water-based and oil-based. Choose from a wide range of pigments and use just a few drops to dramatically change the colour of your paint.

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Things you need

  • All-purpose paint tint
  • Drill
  • Paint mixer drill bit

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  1. 1

    Determine the colour you would like to achieve and the pigment to add to get that colour (see resources 1 and 2).

  2. 2

    Open the can of paint and give it a quick stir with a stir stick to blend any paint separation.

  3. 3

    Add just one or two drops of tint at first. Remember, this is strong stuff and you cannot go back after adding too much at once.

  4. 4

    Mix the paint using an electric drill with a paint mixer bit. Mix thoroughly until the tint is completely incorporated.

  5. 5

    Inspect the colour and gradually mix in more tint if needed to achieve the desired colour.

Tips and warnings

  • Never combine oil-based paints with water-based paints as they are incompatible.

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