Get paint to match your Hardieplank siding

Ok, this is not the type of thing I normally post about at all, but I wish I had been able to find this information before I figured it out for myself. We’re (slowly) residing our house in prefinished Hardieplank siding. The stuff is great, and it’s so satisfying to put up the siding and be DONE and not have to go back and paint it. You can get touch-up paint for it (to paint the edges, or in case you nick the siding or something), but it comes in this tiny stupid little bottle, the applicator clogs up, and it’s expensive. We wanted more paint, especially so we could paint the backs of some pieces of siding that will be above our porch rooves and may get covered in snow for months at a time.

Dave noticed that the touch-up paint is from Valspar, and that Lowe’s stocks Valspar paint. And so, in a move that ended up being much easier than we anticipated, we brought our siding to Lowe’s, and the paint department called Valspar, who gave them the formula numbers for our paint color (Mountain Sage), and then Lowe’s mixed us up a gallon of paint that matches our siding exactly.

(In other news, did you know that you can also get a can of spray paint that matches your car exactly from a NAPA Auto Parts store? Just tell them your make and model and color, and they can mix it up. This has totally saved us when doing minor body work ourselves. Or, I should say, when Amazing Dave fixes my car for me.)

Ok, that’s the end of posts that don’t apply to most of my readers, I swear.

Comments (22)

  1. Patrick August 21, 2009 at 8:29 am

    On a bit of a tangent, but paint AND car related-When I graduated from college, I first put my film degree(with English & Philosophy minors, of course)to work as a Fuel Allotment Engineer at the Texaco Station on Piermont Road in Cresskill. There was guy who came in there who painted his car with house paint and a roller.It was awesome. it was green, and it had this texture that almost made it look like his car was covered in astroturf(which also would have been awesome).
    Okay, tangent finished. And thanks for the info. That is good to know.

  2. Bonnie June 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    We just installed Hardy Plank and just painted the white trim. I went to check what the contractors used for the sides of the planks and also noticed it was Valspar. While looking for that, I saw your blog and read it…I will now go to Lowes and have a quart made up in Iron Gray…Thanks for your advice…It will save us lots of time and money.

  3. Julie June 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Bonnie! When you go to Lowe’s, they may call Valspar and get the special paint pigment codes so they can mix up the paint so it exactly matches Iron Gray. Take that piece of paper with the codes on it! That way, if you need more, you can just give them the piece of paper at Lowe’s, and they won’t have to call Valspar every time.

    • Mette Waldron April 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Hi, I really appreciate your feedback, we have the James Hardie siding in Iron Grey as well and the contractor was no help what so ever, they wanted us to replace boards rather than paint them. Do you know the code for the IRON GREY by Valspar?

      Thank You so much


      • Julie April 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

        Hi Mette!
        I don’t have the code for Iron Grey, but maybe try calling Hardieplank? I think that’s who we called initially to get the Mountain Sage code. Good luck!

  4. Andrea October 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    So glad to have landed on this site as I’ve been searching for any info on color matching the hardieplank.
    Thanks for the tip!

  5. Deborah from Montana October 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Hi Bonnie,

    We discovered the same on accident. Our home as built in 2007 and we were selling it in 2012. We had an area where there was no rain gutter where water fell from the roof and “splashed, splashed, splashed” on one area of the siding near the garage. The orginal paint on the JH siding was coming off (almost bubbling/lifting) then flaking off exposing the raw material underneath.
    I took in a leftover piece of my JH siding (coincidentally to LOWE’S) to ask if they could help. The tiny bottle of paint provided with the siding was a total joke, so I didn’t bother. It was pointless and I needed to do way too much touch up in other areas also.
    The fellow at LOWE’S in the paint section asked if the siding was JH. I said “yes.” He said, “We have that match and it will match.” Well, I thought that was amazing, but still, after 5 years, even the best match would take skill with dry brushing.
    He recommended KILLS primer for the area that was raw and exposed (suggested I use a sponge sander to remove the loose flaking paint). I primed the area, let it dry and then began painting it (about a 2’area). When it dried, I was blown away. It was PERFECT. Not 98% perfect, but 100% perfect in every way (color/sheen)!
    I was able to do a complete touch-up on the entire house (HUGE HOUSE) without any of it showing anywhere. Walking around after all was said and done, I could NOT DETECT anywhere I had “touched up” the paint.
    We sold that home (too big), used our equity to purchase 2 townhomes to lease (retirement plan). These are mainly sided with JH siding. Last night I drove to LOWE’S to pick up a gallon of the VALSPAR. Waiting an hour for the air to warm up a bit.
    Thanks for the wonderful post. It’s TRUE! So many times people post bologna online, but you are posting excellent information that helps other people.

    Also, THANKS THANKS THANKS for the information about auto paint at NAPA. So far I don’t need any, but what great information! I’ll ask next time I’m at a NAPA. Like the JH/VALSPAR, almost seems to be too good to be true.

    Awesome Bonnie!

    Best regards, Deborah in Bozeman, Montana 🙂

  6. Ed May 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Bonnie can you please give me the Valspar paint number for mountain sage I also have Hardie Plank siding.I need to touch up some spots.Thanks

  7. david May 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    can you give me the number to call vaslpar

  8. Chuck Droste June 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    so do you get the paint in semigloss, eggshell, or flat?

  9. Chuck Droste June 17, 2014 at 11:20 am

    eggshell, gloss, semigloss, or flat?

  10. admin June 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I think I got it in semigloss. I brought in an piece of siding to have them match the finish.

  11. Davison September 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Would you mind posting the formula for Mountain Sage if you still have it?

    • L Neal July 24, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Did you ever get a response to your answer about the paint formula for mountain sage? I would like the paint formula also. Thanks.

  12. Melissa October 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you very much! I will share this with my homeowners!

  13. james Hardie November 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    so, after initially painting your house with the color matched valspar paint from lowes in 2009 … it’s now approaching 2015 – how’s your color matched touch up paint look after 5-6 years? not quite the same? perfect? it didn’t flash out and fade and weather any differently than the factory paint did it? I mean, afterall, the JH was painted in a warehouse and baked on. Your touch up was not.

  14. Julie November 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    The Lowe’s/Valspar paint still looks great.

  15. L Neal July 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I also was wanting to know the paint formula for the color mountain sage. And does one have to go to Lowe’s to have it colormatched? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks:-)

  16. Julie July 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    YOU ALL ARE SO PATIENT! Sorry it took me so long to dig up this sad little piece of notebook paper with all the information. Ok. Ready?

    At Lowe’s, ask for Valspar Duramax Satin. Base 4. This is the color code: 113-3Y16 107-4Y23 101-3Y12 103-12

    You probably won’t need this part, but the Mountain Sage color is JH50-30 (I think that’s the Hardieplank color code? It’s the above code you’ll need to get them to custom match your siding.

    And yes! Six years later, the siding where we painted on the Lowe’s Valspar paint still looks AMAZING.

  17. Wendy July 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the information. We are in the process of building and we initially were going with JH, I loved the Mountain Sage. After much research we are thinking about LP Smart Siding and I hate to give up the color of the Mountain Sage. I know this blog is several years old, but you have to love the internet. Thanks again.

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