What makes paint dry a lighter color?


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Old 11-04-19, 12:51 PM
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What makes paint dry a lighter color?

What characteristics of paint result in the paint drying lighter in color as opposed to darker which I understand to be much more common?

I have this paint that is a greige in appearance and it stays that way while wet but it cures a light transparent looking rose quartz. It's great actually I really like the color once it dries but I dont know how to reproduce it and taking it to home depot or somewhere that will match a paint color doesnt seem like its going to be worthwhile.

Just to clarify the paint doesnt just dry lighter it seems like its drying to a different color, one that is considerably lighter in appearance.
 
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Old 11-04-19, 02:03 PM
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I'm sure there is a chemical explanation but all I know is while most brands of paint dry darker, a few dry lighter. All paints will dry to a slightly different color than they are when wet. That is why when someone is color matching paint they always dry the paint to make sure it matches.
 
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Old 11-04-19, 03:42 PM
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A lot has to do with surface reflectivity, how light is reflected when wet and dry!

The texture of what the paint is applied to can change it's looks!
 
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I will post images soon so you guys can see what I am talking about. Its a huge difference.
 
 

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