Never again RL Paint

03:04AM | 03/03/12
Member Since: 03/03/12
1 lifetime posts
I had some water issues shortly after I bought my house causing the need to redo a finished basement. I had used Ralph Lauren pain because I liked the color and couldn't find it anywhere else. (Traditional TH40 Thoroughbred) I have to say though it is the worst paint I've ever used. It took two coats to get any kind of coverage on primed drywall. And even six years later, any where you even brush against it it shows grey streaks. Anyway, very chalky, thin paint. Horrible.

I'm trying to redo a room now using better paint and having discovered Sherwin Williams I thought I'd have them try color matching it. What I've ended up with is a modified version of their Bitter Chocolate in the Duration paint, and it isn't close at all. It's purpleish. And while I've loved using their Superpaint, the Duration didn't cover well in one coat the same way and will leave me having to put a second coat on just to solidify my purple angst.

Does anyone out there have any experience with this? How can I match my paint? Half of my basement including laquered pub tables are in the RL paint color so I need to get this as close as possible.

Help. Please.


08:25AM | 03/03/12
Member Since: 07/22/04
525 lifetime posts
Without knowing exactly what happened I'd be inclined to lean toward operator error as opposed to material defects.


08:27PM | 03/04/12
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
Just plugging it in to google shows me that you're not alone in that thought. They have a lot of bad reviews so something is going awry with it.

You may not be able to match it exactly but Home Depot can color match pretty close. If all else fails, pick a coordinating color and make sure that your walls are primered to seal in the RL paint first.


02:44PM | 05/04/12
Member Since: 04/18/12
26 lifetime posts
There really isn't any "easy" way to do it. You're just going to have to do it the best you can by eye.


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