Color Accuracy

For the past month and a half we have been working diligently at home on stripping the paint from our deck in order to expose the grain of the wood. This has been an off and on project that is dependent on us having the extra money to purchase the chemical stripper. We are almost finished the inside of the railing and next we will move on to the floor and the outside. With the railing being a 5-foot privacy fence, it is much more difficult to strip clean than a standard deck railing. This weekend we made a trip to our local DIY store and purchased a gallon of stain to see how the color would look over the areas where the paint will not come off.

I asked for a teak stain that on the sample appeared to be a very light brown. I have a feeling that the sales person behind the counter mixed the wrong color, because when we got home and opened the gallon it was dark chocolate brown. Much too dark for my tastes, so we have opted to stain only the floor with this color and purchase a lighter color for the railing. Of course since there is still a great deal of work to be done before we are ready to stain that decision is subject to change.

I suppose a color mishap could happen to anyone. When the graphic designers at DDA work on the design or any print piece for a client there is always the chance that the colors may print differently than intended, as each monitor is calibrated differently. Though designers do have the option to use Pantone colors, which, by listing the number of a particular color allows you to achieve the same results from any print source.

I believed that ordering paint/stain was the same. We asked for stain 730 teak, and we walked away with a can that was labeled 730 teak but looks much darker.