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How do you match paint colours?

PaintTin.jpgThe process for colour matching is actually not that difficult. In order to get an accurate or similar shade of colour, it will require a paint sample. The best place to get the sample from is the wall behind a door. Cut a small square piece about the size of a 10 cent coin. Bring this sample to the paint counter and they will do a colour paint match. At this time colour photos on your phone can't be used as a reference when mixing colour tints.


Once you have your paint matched, remember to purchase a Poly Wall Repair Kit to repair the little square you cut in the wall. Please remember to follow the instructions printed on the kit. Once the repair is dry you can then brush some paint over it.


I suggest this step-by-step guide: How To Paint - DIY At Bunnings.


The paint specialist in the store will do the paint base picking for you. All you need to do is to bring the sample and ask for a colour match. After the paint match, the team member will do the rest for you. They will pick the base, add the tint and place the can in the paint shaker. They will then do an actual physical match against the paint sample you've brought in.


Please remember that some paint shades behave in a certain manner. When fresh paint is placed on existing wall paint it sometimes looks like a different shade. You must give time for the paint to dry to see its real shade. If the paint match is very close you will not even see where you painted.  - EricL

Just Starting Out

can you match paint from a piece of painted wood

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @headfort. It's brilliant to have you join us, and many thanks for your question about paint matching.


Is the timber coated with opaque paint, or is it a translucent stain? If it's a solid paint colour and the sample is flat, and it's at least a ten-cent-sized piece, then you can have that colour matched.

Just see one of our helpful Paint Desk team members in-store, and they'll be happy to assist with your colour match.

Please let me know if you have further questions.


Just Starting Out

Could bunnings colour match from a video game controller?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @EpicTiffy


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's a pleasure to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your question about matching paint colour on your video game controller.


If the paint sample is big enough and is not a high gloss finish there it is possible that the paint specialist will be able to match the colour you are after. I suggest bringing the controller to the store and speaking to the senior paint specialist. From there they'll be able to assess if they can place the colour scanner onto your controller. 


The other method you can try is by using the Coloursmith Window By Taubmans in combination with the Taubman's Colour Smith App. Although not as accurate as the store scanner, it will give you a fair approximation of the colour you want.


If you need further assistance, please let us know.




Just Starting Out

Can Bunnings mix a colour if I provide the HEX, RGB, or CMYK code?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Not as far as I'm aware, @cheriewallace.  The team in-store needs a colour tinting formulation to add the required tints to create your colour. There's no way at a store level to decode your HEX, RGB, or CMYK codes into our paint tints. 


Please let me know if you have any questions.




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