Visitors and passers-by get a first impression of their house from the color they have used on the outside. You can be very happy with that color and decide to use it again when you repaint. Or maybe you have had some damage from the wind and the need to repaint only a part of the house. Finding the height of the original painting can make the job much more comfortable. The best solution is to have a can of old paint in the garage or basement. There are other ways, however, to find a match.

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1. Write down the brand and color of the paint. Usually on the top or front of the can. If it was a custom-mixed paint job, open the box and see if any of the colors is still usable.

2. The paint is stirred for two minutes with a wooden stick. This mixes the pigments.

3. Paint a hidden part of the exterior of the house with the original paint. Let it dry. Observe the painted point several times during the day. If the painting matches, take it to the paint store to have an exact game made, or by the same brand and color.

Painting fades, however, and what could have been an exact match may not be the color at this time. You might try adding white to clarify it, but it is best to use another method of matching the paint. White has underlying shades of yellow, red, blue or green. If you can rinse with white, you have to have the correct tone.

Paint chips

4. If your exterior is stucco, break a piece that is painted. You can try a corner next to a window. If the surface is made of wood to leverage a bit that is pictured. Choose an inconspicuous place, and take as little as possible.

5. Repairing the wood with filling so that the point is not noticeable. If the exterior is stucco, apply a little cement in the place where the chip was taken.

6. Take the wood chip or concrete to the paint store to get a personalized match. Paint stores have computerized equipment that analyzes the colors and formulates exact matches.

Swatch paint samples

7. Choose a variety of paint samples from samples that approach the color you want. Choose some darker, lighter and a little bit of some that are slightly different. For example, if the house is brown, choose a brown color that has a touch of red, one that has a feel of green and one that has a bit of gray.

8. Keep the paint samples to the house. Reduce the options to the four or five that are closest.

9. Go back to the paint store and collect additional samples in the colors that are closest to the four or five colors you have chosen.

10. Continue to narrow your options until you find two or three very close matches. Get sample cans of paint in those colors — paint inconspicuous spots in the house to determine which of them is an exact match. Remember, the paint dries darker than it is in the can.