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.