First, the lesson: Black is not black.*
I discovered this lesson when I set out to repaint the inside of our back door, that opens to our kitchen.
You may recall that the first time I painted it black, I did so on a whim and over cocktail hour. There’s a chance I may not have done a good job on my prep and I think it’s safe to say we can and should blame the Cabernet for that. Anyway, that paint job was chipping and getting a bit scratched up so I figured I’d redo it the right way this time.
I sprung for very expensive Fine Paints of Europe Eco Brilliance paint. After sanding and priming, I put a coat of the insanely high gloss paint on. The color was to die for. The most amazing black (just “Black” in FPE parlance) that was deep and rich and just lovely. The first coat didn’t go on well, but that’s to be expected with dark paints. The second coat went on weird. It was all lumpy in some spots. The third coat (sanding between coats) only made it worse. Something was horribly wrong.
|All that and we’re back, more or less, to where it was, sans scratches and chipping. Looking at this photo, I realize I need to touch up some of the baseboards. Sigh. Another day.|
It’s still not as nice and rich as that gorgeous FPE paint, but sometimes it’s a compromise. And for me, a good paint job in a not-perfect color is better than a great color that looks like a mess.
I know you’re wondering why I didn’t just paint it the same black it was. Would you believe I don’t know what color that was? I actually gave the can away to my nephew for a project so I don’t have it and I didn’t make note of it in the blog. Looking back at those photos from when I first did it, I think the original was actually darker. Which goes back to the theory that something has changed with the paint colors or pigments or machines since then.
The lesson? I don’t think I’ll use Benjamin Moore paint if I want a true black in the future. And if you do use it and you want a real black, find a nice paint guy who will just load up the can with as much pigment as you think it can handle.
* When it comes to paint, anyway.
P.S. Longtime readers may remember that I once posted an entry with almost the same name (or exactly the opposite depending on how you want to look at it), only about white. Maybe I should stick to gray.