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Why color match isn’t really a thing for your home’s exterior paint

There are many exterior painting companies that note their ability to “match” your home’s current exterior paint color. Using software or their expertise, they promise a color match for your new paint.

This is really appealing to many homeowners who like their home’s current color or what they remember it was like before fading. Plus, they know that the color is already HOA-approved. Color match promises to be the equivalent of keeping the status quo. It’s an attractive option for many homeowners.

However, it’s actually far more complicated than that. There are a number of factors that make exact color matching nearly impossible.

Your memory works against you

Human memory is tricky, especially when trying to recall an precise detail about something that you see every single day looked like years ago. You may remember loving the exterior color of your home when it was first painted, but after years of it ever-so-slightly fading with each day of UV exposure, do you really remember the color correctly?

There have been situations where homeowners have us paint their home the exact color that they used a decade or two before, and they ended up hating the color after seeing it again. It’s often because the paint is more vibrant and less faded than their current faded paint color.

That exact color may not be available

With the right prep work and expertise, your home’s exterior paint should last for years to come. That means a long time passes between paintings. Paint companies phase out products regularly, so it’s very possible that the paint once used on your home is no longer available.

This is especially true of new home construction that is now receiving its first post-construction painting. Homebuilders tend to use lower-grade paint (in contrast to the Dunn-Edwards paint we use) to save money, which means finding that paint again can be even more difficult. That’s even if your homebuilder took notes on the color of paint used on your home.

Same color, different results

Even if you’ve found the exact same color of paint, from the exact same manufacturer (and they haven’t changed the formula), there’s a chance that your new exterior paint will look different. That’s because process matters. 

At Crash of Rhinos, we do a lot of prep work for stucco and use a thorough two-coat process on homes. This, in turn, makes paint more vibrant (and likelier to last) than a house painter that slaps on one coat and calls it a day.

Professional Color Service House PaintingOur advice: love your new paint

Even if you really like the current paint color of your home, embrace the idea that your new exterior paint isn’t going to be an exact copy. Work on finding a color that you love because it looks great, not because it’s a perfect match.

As we’ve discussed, a color match can only get you into the general ballpark. If you go into your home painting process expecting an exact match, you’re probably setting yourself up for disappointment.

Schedule a color consultation with Crash of Rhinos

There are two ways to pick your home’s exterior paint colors. For an additional charge, we offer one-on-one consulting with our Professional Paint Advisor. With this service, our advisor will meet with you at your home and help you select the right color. This process includes digital renderings, and we’ll help you work with your HOA on finding compliant colors.

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5 things to consider when hiring exterior home painters

Looking for a great way to freshen up the curb appeal of your home? It might be time to hire exterior home painters and give your Phoenix home a new reason for people to look twice as they pass by.

Before and After House Painting PhoenixWhile exterior house painting may appear to be a simple task, it’s actually a time-consuming and difficult job that requires preparation, know-how, and attention-to-detail. There are lot of things that need to be done correctly, such as the preparation of the surface, selecting the right colors, and proper color application techniques.

In this article, we’ll discuss 5 things you should consider when hiring exterior home painters here in Phoenix.

1. Don’t just go with the lowest bid

Too many people fall in the trap of selecting the least costly option for almost every part of the painting job. From hiring a painter (or, worse, deciding to take on DIY painting—don’t do this) to selecting color and materials, people generally think that selecting the cheapest option is the best way to go about things.

Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for. The best price in most cases is not always the lowest one. Instead, you should look to get value for your money. You should consider hiring the contractor that offers the best value.

Remember, value always trumps cost—particularly when it comes to hiring exterior home painters here in Phoenix.

2. Think about the small things

Your home’s exterior is like a huge canvas in which even the little things can make a huge difference. After all, the trim around doors and windows are just as important as the exterior walls themselves.

You should consider how the different exterior home painters you’re looking at treat both the small and big things. These little things will make an impact on how the house appears after the completion of the painting job. For example, here at Crash of Rhinos, we do a ton of prep work prior to any job, which can make all the difference.

3. Can they help you select the right color?

Choosing the right color can greatly add to the curb appeal of a house. Selecting the wrong color? Well, that’s a nightmare that can truly haunt you for years to come.

First thing to consider: if you have an HOA, what do they allow? There have been many exterior home painters who don’t take this into consideration when talking about colors with customers. As a result, the homeowner has to either settle fines with their HOA or have their home repainted a second time. Not good!

In contrast, our professional paint advisor service will work with your HOA for you to find the right colors that are allowed.

Beyond that, you’ll need help selecting a color that goes well with other elements on your home, such as shingles, trim, shutters, molding, walls, and downspouts.

The architectural style of the house should also be considered when selecting a paint color. While light and dark colors will coordinate well with the Victorian and colonial style homes, the cottage style homes will look the best with warm and fresh pastels, such as soft green, pale blue, and dusty rose. Again, this depends on what your HOA allows.

For brick houses, the walls should be painted in an inviting color, such as reddish brown, orange, or cream. Lastly, Mediterranean style and farm houses will look best in earthly shade such as ochre or taupe.

Again, the best way to get the right color that you’ll be sure to love for years to love is to schedule a one-on-one color consultation service with us.

4. Observe the test paint in natural lighting

Experts recommend that homeowners should observe the test color in natural lighting. They should view the test paint at different times of the day before committing to a particular color. Never make a decision after looking at the test color in artificial lighting as you may end up selecting a color that looks horrible when viewed during the day lighting.

That’s why Crash of Rhinos works to create a paint proposal that gives you a clear idea of what your home will look like when we’re done. We’ll even paint a swatch on the exterior of your home to let you see what the color will look like in natural light once dried.

5. Make sure you get digital renderings

When hiring exterior home painters, ask if they’ll provide you with a digital rendering of what your home will look like once the job is done. We do. The renderings will allow you to know exactly how the home will look at the end of the project. This will help you make the right decisions regarding the exterior home painting job.

For exterior home painters you can trust, call Crash of Rhinos

Crash of Rhinos Painting is a team of bonded, licensed, and insured exterior home painters serving Phoenix, Arizona. We offer a comprehensive exterior painting service, from offering expert consultation to preparation and the work itself. Contact us today!

Choosing an exterior paint? Trust your local painters at Crash of Rhinos

Is it time to re-paint your stucco home here in the Phoenix area? Crash of Rhinos is one of the most trusted names in painting here in the Valley. When you need local painters you can turn to for helpful advice and great service, we’re here for you.

Professional Color Service House PaintingWe handle every step of the home exterior painting process, from removing old paint and prep work to applying coats and repairing damaged surfaces. The only thing you need to do is decide what color you want.

This may seem like the easiest part of the job, but it’s actually a lot harder than you might think! In this blog post, we’ll walk you through what you need to think about when choosing an exterior paint color—and how Crash of Rhinos can help.

The best place to start is with our FREE estimate. To get started, give us a call at (602) 540-7471, or fill out the form:

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Step #1: Choosing a quality paint

Before you can even start to think about colors, you really need to think about the paint itself. Too many homeowners we talk to think that all paint is the same. Trust us, your local painters: it’s not, and picking the wrong type or brand of paint could lead to future headaches.

For example, some brands of paint are perfect for places like Boston or Seattle, where summer temperatures are mild and days are overcast. Those paints don’t do so well, however, here in Phoenix, where the scorching sun bakes the paint and it’s exposed to sunshine almost every day of the year.

There are three things people should think about when it comes to paint:

Ease of application

Some paints provide full cover after just one coat, while others require several coats in order to be fully applied. The difference is in the quality of the pigments they contain. Choosing a paint containing the proper pigments will save you on the amount of paint used.

Durability

The next concern is how long the paint is going to last. The solids (the remains on the wall after the paint has dried) play a major role in the durability of the paint. The higher percentage of solids there is (over 45% is better), the more dense and durable the coating.

Resistance to climate

Dunn Edwards PaintThe change of seasons, such as from summer to winter, may cause some serious problems to the exterior of your home if the paint is not of the right quality.

The paints which have a capability to endure these kinds of weather changes are the ones with an all-acrylic binder. The binder is what holds the pigments together and provides the right protection from the outside environment.

(If all this paint jargon is too much, check out this useful glossary from Dunn-Edwards!)

We’re proud to be your local painters and we use Dunn-Edwards

At Crash of Rhinos, we use Dunn-Edwards paints because it meets or exceeds the three standards listed above. Unlike some paints, Dunn-Edwards is specially formulated to stand up to lots of sunshine and heat. It’s perfect for the exterior of stucco homes here in Phoenix.

Step #2: Rule out colors that aren’t the right fit

Consider what won’t be changing about your home’s exterior

Pictured: Local painters advise you work around the stone features of a home like this.

Pay attention to elements like the roof, the chimney, the driveway ,and any stone and brick features on your home that won’t be painted. What color are they? Their color should play a determining role in your choice of colors.

For example, if a part of the façade is made of stone, use a similar color, so that you can achieve visual harmony.

If the roof has an intense color (like terra-cotta), choose a more neutral color for the exterior. Be careful not to accent any unappealing elements like the downspouts or the air conditioners.

Pay attention to the landscaping

The landscape and the surroundings of your house can have great influence on what your exterior color looks like. Do you have trees with colorful blossoms, flowering shrubs or green plantings? Their color may have a beautiful impact on your exterior.

What does your HOA allow?

If your neighborhood has an HOA, you should start by finding out what colors they allow you to paint your house. The last thing you want to do is have your local painters finish up the work, only to get slapped with a non-compliance fine from your association.

Ok, but where to start? You don’t even know who runs the HOA! With Crash of Rhinos’ professional paint advisor services, we make this easy. We handle communicating with your HOA for you. We’ll find out the allowed colors and present them to you as options.

Here in Phoenix, historic homes don’t have restrictions on the color they can be painted, unless otherwise regulated by an HOA. Still, the city’s Historic Preservation Office has some tips for selecting a color and treatment.

Speaking of unique neighborhoods…

Even if you don’t have an HOA, don’t ignore the neighboring homes

Not having an HOA may seem like a green light to paint your home neon orange, but you should also think about what fits the neighborhood. Even if you love neon orange, no one is going to buy such an eyesore—and your neighbors will probably stop inviting you to the block party out of pure hatred! (Read more on how paint impacts home values)

Look for an already established color pattern in the neighborhood. You don’t need to imitate the exact colors used by your neighbors. You just need to be in the same ballpark. Crash of Rhinos can help you find similar colors that give your home its individual style.

By doing this, your local painters will help your house blend in with the neighborhood while still preserving your right to paint your house in a color or shade that you like.

Step #3: Hire local painters who help you visualize the color

Ok, so you’ve now ruled out many colors, and you’re down to your top 3. Great! Now, how do you know which color will look right on the exterior of your home?

That’s where we come in. Our professional paint advisor services can help you select the right color by:

  1. Getting color palettes for you to review
  2. Preparing digital renderings for you to review
  3. Testing a swatch on your home’s exterior.

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Preparing color palettes

We’ll only present you with colors that are in compliance with the rules of your HOA and match what you’re interested in, as well as the colors of the neighborhood. This will help you narrow down which color you want to try out.

Seeing a digital preview

As part of every free estimate we provide, we take pictures of your home that can be later used to create real-to-life digital renderings of your home and what it will look like painted.

These digital renderings can help you further narrow down your color choices, or even fall in love with a particular color. But, they’re no substitute for…

Seeing what it looks like in the real world

As part of your consultation, Crash of Rhinos can paint a test swatch on your home, somewhere inconspicuous. This swatch of color will help you see what the color looks like in “real life” and in realistic lighting conditions. After all, one color can look different in the bright light of morning than it does in the shadows of the late afternoon.

Step #4: Make your final selection and let your local painters get to work!

Once you’ve picked your favorite paint color, it’s time for the Crash of Rhinos team to take things from there! With our thorough painting process, your new favorite color will be on your home’s exterior in no time.


Everything starts with our FREE estimate. To schedule yours, call us at (602) 540-7471, or request a visit from us.