On April 28, 2012 at 16:32, highfigh said...
What kind of paint are they mixing/matching and is it for walls, or trim? Is it lacquer? That makes matching the sheen easier. The easiest way I have seen is to shoot matt or semi-gloss over gloss and that can come in a rattle can, which makes stocking larger containers of different sheen finishes unnecessary.
I run into all kinds of scenarios and finishes. Not many of the homes I work in have standard drywall finishes (taped, mud, texture). Lots of plaster, stucco, wood paneling, wood ceilings, etc.
Some of the better painters here also mix colors on-site from the backs of their truck. It's not uncommon for the painters to add a little of this or a little of that until the client or designer decides it's just right. This is what makes it impossible sometimes to get color codes and why I find it interesting that Triad could also paint by sample.
A job I'm working at now had all the latex wall paint imported from England. The painters said it was special paint designed for restoring historic homes & castles and still contains lead and a bunch of the other solvents and stuff that have generally been removed from paints recently.