I'm painting and have run out of the particular white paint I was using. I have some leftover white from a different room. Is there a way to tell if the white will be the same and match?

Here are the two versions

  • Ace Premium Royal Interior Wall + Trim paint Satin Acrylic Latex Enamel 182A100 High Hiding White
  • Clark + Kensington Paint + Primer in One Flat Enamel 126S310 Ultra White (Tint Base)Ace
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    No, white comes in many shades and hues.
    – Dan D.
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 0:13
  • Also, don't mix different sheens. You'll be able to tell a difference between flat and satin.
    – Doresoom
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 14:10

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No two whites are the same. In fact, sometimes two tins of the same color from the same company can be different! This is why if you are painting large areas, it is best to blend the cans together.

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    @Jason This mixing is often referred to as Boxing if you need to further research the term.
    – Stephen
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 2:45
  • As an example, see the little book of whites from Dulux: dulux.trade-decorating.co.uk/colours/ranges/whites/index.jsp
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 13:46
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    This is in general annoying. Many times when doing touch up work, I end up repainting the whole trim section because there are 2 "shades" of white. Definately a gray area with paint colors.
    – Jon Raynor
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 16:42
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    Too bad Pantone doesn't make paint :)
    – Steven
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 16:47

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