06:22AM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 05/26/07
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I need to match the Ralph Lauren "Buckskin" paint used in my living room and dining room. The color is discontinued. Can anyone help me find the formula so my local Home Depot can recreate the color for me? Matching the color was NOT successful.

Many thanks in advance,




09:05PM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
32 lifetime posts
Hello PCerna,

I've tinted & used a lot of RL paint over the last 6 yrs (I DON'T work at a HD!!!).

>>> This one isn't as simple as just giving a formula...

* Like many paint co's., RL has changed/improved their paint-bases & some formulas over the years.

* Soooo, if I just arbitrarily put the same formula into a new base, & an older'd be 2 slightly different colors.

* The newest bases have a "3" in front, such as 3591, or 3293. Older bases are 1591, or 1293.

* Is yours a Suede or River-Rock color??? Or the regular wall paint???

* Lemme know WHEN you bought it, Base-number, and what SHEEN you'll be using.

* If its been over 2 years, you'll just have to use the old formula in the NEW base...and be prepared for a slight difference.




02:31PM | 05/28/07
Member Since: 05/26/07
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The original base was 11905. I attempted two different matches to the Buckskin paint.

The first attempt at a Home Depot was done using an unopened gallon of Buckskin I still had. The clerk at Home Depot matched the color by putting it on a stirring stick, drying it, and using their color matching method. The formula used was:

Colorant OZ 48 96

C Yellow Oxid 3 47 0

E Thalo Blue 0 3 0

V Magenta 0 14 0

When looking down into both of the opened cans of paint (original and matched) the paints were obviously different. I tried painting with the paint "matched" by Home Depot and even though the walls were not adjacent to one another, I could see the color was "off".

So I posted my email and went to a different Home Depot (with a clerk who was more personable) and I took my original Buckskin paint can that was nearly gone. The clerk cut a piece of the paint can wrapper that was coated with dried paint and matched the color. The formula came out VERY different than the previous matching attempt:

Colorant OZ 48 96

C Yellow Oxid 3 0 1

E Raw Amber 0 8 0

V Magenta 0 9 0

The clerk painted a sample of the new paint formula on top of the sample cut from the original can's wrapper and I could not see any difference between the two colors! Of course this was done under the Home Depot lights and not in natural light.

I had two gallons mixed up using this formula with bases 3591 and 3191. I have yet to attempt painting with the new paint I bought yesterday. I hope this formula is close to what you think the correct formula is.

Thanks so much!




02:36PM | 05/28/07
Member Since: 05/26/07
3 lifetime posts

Oops... I forgot to add...

I started using the Buckskin color about 3 - 4 years ago.

The original sheen was matte. However I am now painting a stairwell and I want eggshell that will be more washable.

Thanks again!



09:10PM | 05/28/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
32 lifetime posts
Hi Patty,

Glad to hear you had luck in creating more Buckskin!

* If I can find the "RL" original formula, I'll let ya know.

* But at least you're rollin' with a good color-match to it.

* Your newest bases are Eggshell & Matte (obviously!).

* Remember to use primers & 2 coats of color!!

>>> The first formula has about a full Oz. more C in it than the 2nd. "C" is a mustard-yellow.

>>> The "E" in both is the Dk.-Blue. The 2nd formula has 5 more "shots" of blue than the first.

>>> The "V" is obviously Magenta...a dark pink/wine color. The first formula has 5 more V-shots than #2.

Soooo, there's more than one way to arrive at a color, but your 2nd (good) color has much less of the tan/yellow colorant.

Lemme know of any more ?'s!



03:04PM | 04/09/14
I found the formula from a 2001 Ralph Lauren paint software file in my local paint store. It is:

Buckskin SF01B RL 319x for interior matte using RL3191 Brilliant white.

B 0P4
C 2P35+
F 0P2

As I understand it Ralph Lauren uses a bit of black, brilliant red and burnt sienna to make this color. The formula stated above with raw umber and magenta, is kind of a different way of getting to the same. I tried the raw umber and magenta formula and have to admit it comes extremely close to the RL formula. I adjusted it to perfect match for my older walls by adding a couple of squirts of an 1/8 of a teaspoon at a time and mix, of raw umber colorant. Perfect match, could not tell the difference. The trick is, this color takes on kind of different attributes (including dirt) over time so you have to play with it for to match existing buckskin color if you are patching and matching. Otherwise if painting the whole room go for either the second formula or the true RL formula I found in the RL old software catalog.


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