Creating Your Own Colors
Anyone who regularly uses paint should already be familiar with mixing colors to get a desired hue or shade. This blog post deals with the mixing of Rustoleum brand oil based paints. I have not found much information online about how the common available colors blend with one another.
Going into any home improvment center or hardware store and you find acrylic and latex water based paints in every concievable finish and color. But try to find the same in oil based paint finishes and you are out of luck. That is because there is a nationwide campaign to phase out solvent borne finishes in the hopes of reducing air pollution. In many places, oil based paints are outright banned! In order for a company like Rustoleum to be able to continue to sell their oil based paints, they must be marketed as a specialty line of paints. More specifically, they are marketed as anti-rust finished for ferrous metals like steel.
Because the general public preferring paint that is solvent free, the oil based paints are offered in very few colors. So if you want a truly unique color, it is best to invest in a set of primary colors and mix your own. The colors I have are from Rustoleum Stops Rust series and are as follows: Sunrise Red, Sunburst Yellow, Regal Blue,White, and Black. Even these five colors can be a chore to find. When trying to mix custom colors, it is important that you start with bright colors. This is because of the principle that you can alwasy make a color more dull or muted but it is impossible to make a dull or muddy color bright. From the colors I have mentioned, only the Regal blue is of concern to me. It does have a greyish tone to it.
I placed some samples of each color except the black onto a scrap board I use to test paint. I first mixed the red with the blue and I did achieve a decent purple but it is very deep and a little muddy. There is a small range of dark red violet and blue violets possible but a brighter blue is definately needed. Next, I mixed the red and white to make an attractive pink. Then it was onto red and yellow to see the series of ornages available. When white, red and yellow are mixed you get peaches and coral colors. Finally, I mixed the yellow with the blue and got a modest green of considerable depth. By and far the lighter colors red, yellow, and white offer the best mixing possibiliies. The regal blue is not light or bright enough for mixing. The blue will produce the desired colors in a pinch just dont expect them to be especially brilliant.
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