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What is Sheen?
The sheen is the level of gloss or shine. Sheen is important for a variety of reasons. If you are trying to develop a touch-up application, the gloss level is critical because if the touch-up paint sheen isn't the same as the part, then the touch up will stand out. At different angles, the touch up will look like a shiny or flat spot. In many ways, the sheen match is just as important as the color match.
Which paint should I use?
Benjamin Moore makes many different grades of paint. Some paints are best for interior use, such as the Benajmin Moore Aura, Regal, Ben, Super Spec, and Super Hide paint lines. For exterior use, Benjamin Moore has the Aura Exterior, ArborCoat stains, Moorgard, Ben Exterior, and Super Spec exterior lines. Learn more about Benjamin Moore paint types.
Will my house paint color be exact?
Many customers are looking to use our color test jar or quart or gallons for touching up their walls because it would be an inexpensive solution. A couple of factors to understand: if you are repainting or painting for the first time, then our color matches will work great for your needs. Another factor: every time a color is reproduced, it is created in a batch process. This goes for the color chips themselves, the paint, the colorants, and the colors. They are all subject to some sort of variation. Learn more about color accuracy.
What is the Light Reflectance Value?
LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, measures the amount of visible light that is reflected off a paint color, or conversely, it represents the percentage of visible light that is absorbed by the color. We’ve all heard that white represents all colors and black represents no colors, and what this means is that pure white reflects all visible light and pure black absorbs all visible light. The light reflectance value is represented as a percentage with pure black being 0% and pure white being 100%. Find out why LRV is useful and how is it used by designers and building professionals
How are color collections arranged?
Finding related colors usually lives in the color numbering system. Paint companies often arrange colors by hue in ascending or descending order of lightness/chromacity. So you can mess around with the search functionality of MyPerfectColor to find what you need.
How do you find related colors?
We frequently get asked how to find related colors on MyPerfectColor. Usually, paint companies arrange related colors on sample color brochures and within color collections, but if you don't have one of the original brochures, how do you find related monochromatic colors? The clue for finding related colors usually resides in the color numbering system. often, paint companies will arrange colors by hue in ascending or descending order of lightness/chromacity. You can usually utilize the search functionality of MyPerfectColor to find what you need.
Is the color shown on the website accurate?
Color images displayed on the website show approximate color only and are not intended to show exact paint color. All colors made are matched to the original manufacturer's physical color swatch.
What is the difference between Pantone C and U?
Pantone colors often contain a color number or name followed by a "C" or "U". The "C" or "U" at the end of Pantone color numbers indicate whether a coated or uncoated paper stock is used for the printing process. While the C and U versions contain the same number, they should be treated as different colors as they often look very different. “C” colors tend to be more vibrant and richer while “U” colors tend to appear more muted. Read more about Pantone C and U differences.
What Type of Paint are the Colors Made With?
For residential paint (architectural paint), MyPerfectColor uses Benjamin Moore paints to create or match any color imaginable. For Industrial paints including spray paint, touch-up bottles, and paint pens are made from proprietary ingredients and a wide variety of industrial pigments and inks. The spray paint and touch up paint is made with an acrylic enamel which is a fast-drying durable coating suitable for interior or exterior use.

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