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Old 06.10.2014, 10:13
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Standard white paint

Hello,

I will be moving out soon. I noticed some smudges on the wall. The walls are normal white paint, pretty much the normal white walls in an apt (as far as I can tell).

I can try and do some paint matching, but wanted to ask this forum first. Is there a name for this paint, e.g. arctic white? It looks more of a matt type to me.... instead of glossy....

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Old 06.10.2014, 11:26
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Re: Standard white paint

difficult to say what type of wall color you have.. most is RAL9010 but wil probably never match existing. I bought a Brosse Magique (not a joke) at the Migro which worked very well in cleaning some spots on the walls.
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Old 06.10.2014, 12:21
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Re: Standard white paint

It is usually standard white paint.

But have you tried cleaning the area with a little bit of water and detergent?

These cleaning pads are available in the Coop, with just dampness they remove many stains and dirt,

https://www.google.com/search?site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1158&bih= 599&q=magic+eraser+cleaning+pads&oq=cleaning+pads& gs_l=img.1.7.0j0i5l9.3101.12038.0.19335.13.11.0.2. 2.0.265.1759.0j9j2.11.0....0...1ac.1.54.img..0.13. 1766.DVStYew8gWs

you could also use a steam cleaner, hire one from a Drogerie.
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Old 06.10.2014, 12:27
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Re: Standard white paint

Ask the landlord or caretaker. We tried to match colors ourselves, failed (just barely - you could only see the difference at a particular time of day - but guess what time of day the handover was!) and were slammed with a repainting bill for the entire room.

The landlord's agent said we'd actually have been better off leaving the smudges where they were; a certain amount of normal wear and tear is expected depending how long you've lived in the place.
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Re: Standard white paint

Hi OP,

I started this thread on the exact subject last year. With lots of helpful responses.

Painting when leaving - which white?!?

In the end I realized that there is no "standard paint" and that there is a lot of variations of "basic white" that look different depending on light levels - and the person doing the exit inspection WILL probably notice these differences. So I simply asked our management company for their painter's number who then provided me with the name/shop of the exact paint they use. It worked, and I did not have to pay anything else for our extremely scuffed walls that I touched up.

Of course, you could always get a few test paints and try them out (checking them at various times of the day against the original).

Good luck
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Hi OP,

I started this thread on the exact subject last year. With lots of helpful responses.

Painting when leaving - which white?!?

In the end I realized that there is no "standard paint" and that there is a lot of variations of "basic white" that look different depending on light levels - and the person doing the exit inspection WILL probably notice these differences. So I simply asked our management company for their painter's number who then provided me with the name/shop of the exact paint they use. It worked, and I did not have to pay anything else for our extremely scuffed walls that I touched up.

Of course, you could always get a few test paints and try them out (checking them at various times of the day against the original).

Good luck
Contacting the property manager was my advice and I still stand behind that. In our house we used STO. I wanted a washable paint and theirs is. If I switch manufacturers I cannot get the perfect match. Unfortunately you don't see the problem until the paint is dry.

Even if the paint is a RAL 9010 or 9016, with age it will have changed. Spot painting can be a challenge.

The magic "white sponge" can work on small marks using only a small bit of water.
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Re: Standard white paint

I wish I'd read this thread before I touched up our walls with some white paint we found in the cellar of the new place. I now have bright white spots on an off-white wall

Does anyone know if Coop Hobby & Bau sell tester pots? (Lots to do and not much time, so I don't want to traipse out there if they definitely don't.)
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Re: Standard white paint

Even if you get the perfect match, fresh paint on old paint is quite noticible as well. I painted a whole wall again because it bothered me that much when I tried to touch up where the kids had put their hands.
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Re: Standard white paint

I'm prepared to risk a slight difference, as the handover will be under artificial light and the walls weren't that great to begin with. The most obvious bit is a straight line where something has scraped along the wall. It's only 3 or 4 inches, but it was a lot less obvious before I 'fixed' it.

If I can't get tester pots, I'll just pop down to Landi and buy a proper paintbrush to do the wall I suppose.
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Re: Standard white paint

As others have said, cleaning is the best option if possible. If you have to repaint small areas it is better to dab the paint on with a sponge. This will help it to blend in but it is never likely to match perfectly
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I'm prepared to risk a slight difference, as the handover will be under artificial light and the walls weren't that great to begin with. The most obvious bit is a straight line where something has scraped along the wall. It's only 3 or 4 inches, but it was a lot less obvious before I 'fixed' it.

If I can't get tester pots, I'll just pop down to Landi and buy a proper paintbrush to do the wall I suppose.
You need a roller if doing the entire wall. By the time you are done buying materials and trying to match the colour, you may find you will have been better off calling a painter. I have been in your shoes and we got the paint match right but it took quite a few trips back to Bau and Hobby.

I recall recently reading a positive comment about a painter who is an EF member. Maybe give him a call.

Here is the thread.
Anthony's GmbH - your English Painter & Decorator

The link to his homepage is here. On the far right side of the homepage is the button to change the language.
http://www.anthonys-gmbh.com/
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I wish I'd read this thread before I touched up our walls with some white paint we found in the cellar of the new place. I now have bright white spots on an off-white wall

Does anyone know if Coop Hobby & Bau sell tester pots? (Lots to do and not much time, so I don't want to traipse out there if they definitely don't.)
Yes, Coop Bau & Hobby does sell small tester pots, and they have quite a few different shades of white / off-white in this size (e.g. cream white, milk white, powder white, etc.). I think each one costs about 3 or 4 CHF.
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Re: Standard white paint

It's called Dispersion here.
http://www.doitgarden.ch/fr/b%C3%A2t...peintures.catp
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You need a roller if doing the entire wall. By the time you are done buying materials and trying to match the colour, you may find you will have been better off calling a painter. I have been in your shoes and we got the paint match right but it took quite a few trips back to Bau and Hobby.

I recall recently reading a positive comment about a painter who is an EF member. Maybe give him a call.

Here is the thread.
Anthony's GmbH - your English Painter & Decorator

The link to his homepage is here. On the far right side of the homepage is the button to change the language.
http://www.anthonys-gmbh.com/
It's only a small wall - just the bit by the window. It'll take me ten minutes with a brush so long as I can find a close enough match.
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Re: Standard white paint

In the past, for small areas, I have also used:
a) Tippex (I think it is also known as White Out), the liquid you paint onto paper to make a small correction.
b) a white felt-tipped marker pen
c) White toothpaste. Seriously!

In addition, mushed up with a sheet of white toilet paper and a few drops of water, and one drop of white wood glue, toothpaste can also be used to plug up drilled holes.

All of these I apply or smear on with my fingers, dabbing, or with a toothbrush (not brushing but spattering or smudging) so that there is no clear border between my fix and the surrounding areas. A sponge would probably achieve the same.

To get the colour matched, I try a small area and wait till it is dry. If it looks too white, I add teensy, really miniscule quantities, of ash. Cigarette ash will do, but also a fine powder made from burning a piece of paper and crushing it, of from an incense stick.
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Re: Standard white paint

Well, I couldn't find any tester pots so I got a small tub of RAL 9010. Now waiting for the test patch to dry, but it's looking hopeful...
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