Get paint to match your Hardieplank siding

by | Aug 21, 2009 | housekeeping | 34 comments

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.

34 Comments

  1. Patrick

    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.

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  2. Bonnie

    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.

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    • Carole

      Hi Bonnie, we bought iron gray as well. Could you by any chance share the colour mix breakdown?
      Thanks so much, Carole

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  3. Julie

    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.

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    • Mette Waldron

      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

      Mette

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      • Julie

        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!

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  4. Andrea

    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!

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  5. Deborah from Montana

    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 🙂

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  6. Ed

    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

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  7. david

    can you give me the number to call vaslpar

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  8. Chuck Droste

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

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  9. Chuck Droste

    eggshell, gloss, semigloss, or flat?

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  10. admin

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

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  11. Davison

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

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    • L Neal

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

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  12. Melissa

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

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  13. james Hardie

    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.

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  14. Julie

    The Lowe’s/Valspar paint still looks great.

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  15. L Neal

    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:-)

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  16. Julie

    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.

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    • L Neal

      Thank you very much Julie. Greatly appreciated!!

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    • JB

      Thank you so much for the code! Life Saver!!!

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    • JD

      Thank you so much!!!! We are painting out deck and we accidentally stained some of our siding. I am heading to Lowes right away to see if I can get the mountain sage color!!!! Thank you!!!

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      • Dustin

        Hi, we’re you able to cover the oil based stain with JH color match? I too have made this mistake and need to color match and paint over.

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        • Julie

          Yes! When we did it, it matched what was on the siding perfectly, in sheen and in color.

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  17. Wendy

    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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  18. Stacie

    I know this thread is years old now BUT…. someone egged the townhouse that I own and rent out.. Long story short, I know need to paint it. Does anyone happen to have the color match code for the JH Khaki Brown color? I would appreciate any help.

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    • Julie

      You should call Hardieplank or Valspar and see if they can help you! You might have to call around, but I bet you can dig it up!

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    • Rob

      Did you figure out the Khaki Brown color code by any chance?

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      • Julie

        Alas, no. Maybe try calling Hardie or Valspar??

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  19. Dorothy

    Wow gotta love the internet, I needed to get this very paint to touch up our new house. Thanks so much for posting this initially – it is the gift that keeps on giving. Also I love that so many others have my mountain sage color. I did a sienna redwood front door with it and it is lovely!

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  20. Mary Salerno

    Wow! Just came across this by accident. This is great info!!! Thanks so much! We had JH installed and the contractor used some kind of sealer around the doors and windows that has now turned pink! Not so good over our Deep Ocean Blue to say the least. Will bring a sample to Lowe’s ASAP! ❤️

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  21. Mary Salerno

    Wow! Just came across this by accident. This is great info!!! Thanks so much! We had JH installed and the contractor used some kind of sealer around the doors and windows that has now turned pink! Not so good over our Deep Ocean Blue to say the least. Will bring a sample to Lowe’s ASAP! ❤️

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    • Trish Maguire

      Mary – It’s been a number of years since you posted this but I’m having a similar problem and I’m interested in how you resolved the spots of pink?

      Reply

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