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Shirley Claydon's picture
Shirley Claydon

I am wanting to match the white colour on Ikea PAX WARDROBE UNITS (Berkline). Can anyone point me to the colours in a popular paint line that might work?

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Nestor_Kelebay's picture

Shirley:Herein lies the problem:  Every white tint base paint made by every paint manufacturer is slightly different in colour.  They're all "white", but when you compare them side-by-side, you can see slight differences in the shade of white of each such paint.  It's for this reason that the person working at the paint desk has to know WHICH white tint base he'll be using to match an off-white colour.  The tint formula will change for each different tint base he uses to match that colour.  In your case, you'd have to arbitrarily choose a tint base, and then provide the computer with a colour sample to match it to.Your best bet would be to take some white paper (white cardboard would be better) and a handfull of Q-tips down to any paint store and use the Q-tips to paint various brands of white tint base (in the gloss level you want) onto that paper or cardboard, and then compare the colour of those white tint bases to your own Ikea furniture under your own artificial (and natural) lighting to see which one matches the most closely.  Then, see if you can get a paint swatch or sample chip of plastic laminate that matches the Ikea colour, and have the computer determine the tint formula to tint the best matching paint to the correct colour.You could probably have any paint company's tint base tinted to match your Ikea furniture, but it probably makes more sense to see if you can find a tint base that matches it without tinting.  Or, if you have to tint, tint the tint base that matches it best to begin with.

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