paint experts? Can I lighten a color myself?

FroofyCatApril 2, 2013

I have a gallon of Benjamin Moore Ylang-Ylang. It's a soft yellow. If I want to use up the gallon but not paint another room the same color, do you think I'd have success cutting it with white? Like 60/40? 50/50? I'd love to get to like a Linen White -- save on paint and not let the gallon go to waste.

Worth a try? or mistake? Do paint stores do this?

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Yes you can, however getting it light enough may be a higher ratio and be less expensive to go and buy the colour you want. You would be surprised how much white it would take to lighten an existing light colour and you might not get what you want.

Dear wife thought she was saving the environment by lightening 1gallon of a pale blue, she added 2 gallons before she saw a difference. Now I have 2 gallons of light blue, anyone need it?

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 5:02PM
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ok, thanks! I didn't think of that. I certainly don't need two gallons or more of it.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 6:07PM
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To get to a "Linen White" you would add maybe a pint of the yellow to a gallon of white.

If you want to experiment, add the stronger color to the weaker color ... I make a small batch of 1/2 cup (4 tablespoons) of the white or lighter color and add 1 tablespoon at a time of the stronger color and test it.

If it only takes 1T to get the color I want, I know I need to add 1quart strong per gallon of white. 2T would be 2 quarts, 4T would be a 50:50 mix.

If 1T is too strong a color, I add another half-cup of the white and then my recipe becomes 1 pint of strong color for each tablespoon I used in the tester.

It's nice for ceilings to use a paler shade of the walls.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 10:09AM
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thanks for the mixing advice! I may actually try it to get rid of less than half empty cans of paint...

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 4:37PM
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