IS SAMPLIZE LEGIT, ACCURATE, & REUSABLE? Let’s find out!
Do you hate buying sample pots of paint? Me too. I have a leaning tower of Piza made of sample pots in my garage; most are 3/4 full and never to be touched again.
Long story short, I will never buy a sample pot again, not when there’s Samplize.
As you guys know, I don’t promote many brands other than my fave paint companies. I’m also not constantly recommending new products or junk from Amazon to make affiliate money – that’s not how I roll. So if I’m recommending a product OTHER than paint, you know I truly love it.
In a previous blog post, you learned how to USE Samplize to pick the best paint color for your room. This blog post is about the FUN stuff, both the FAQs, and the fiction!
Samplize is a peel-and-stick paint sample company. It will change how you sample paint colors, saving you money, time, and stress.
But with something ‘new,’ there are always questions, so let’s jump in and see what we’ve got.
IS SAMPLIZE LEGIT?
Samplize is 100% legit and friggin’ awesome. I won’t risk my reputation on a company that isn’t the real-deal.
In fact, Samplize has changed the way I do my work, giving me a more full-bodied, effective Online Color Consulting service.
HOW DOES SAMPLIZE WORK?
Long story short (a novelty for me; you know I love to hear myself talk), Samplize gives you the BEST representation of each brand’s paint color via a peel-and-stick paint sample.
STEP 1: Hop online to SAMPLIZE and order the colors you want (I usually order 6-8 within a range, so I have some comparables).
STEP 2: Assuming you don’t live in bum hump nowhere, your samples will be delivered to your front door in 1 DAY. If you do happen to live in the ever-lovely bum hump, it will just take a few more days (nobody said I was classy, and if they did, they’d be lyin’),
STEP 3: Peel the paper backing off your sample.
STEP 4: Starting at the top, place your sample on the wall and slowly press it down using the side of your hand to remove any bubbles.
STEP 5: Stand back and take a look at your sample. Once you’re ready to see it on another wall, peel it from the top down and repeat STEP 4.
ARE SAMPLIZE PAINT SAMPLES ACCURATE?
Short of buying a quart or gallon of paint in the exact line/sheen of paint you’ll use for your project ($30+), Samplize ($5.95) is HANDS-DOWN, the most accurate representation of each brand’s colors.
Because Samplize applies two coats of the ACTUAL PAINT from each brand, using only their mid and high-end lines.
Here are the lines of paint that Samplize uses…
SHERWIN WILLIAMS/SAMPLIZE PAINT LINES & SHEENS (FINISH)
- Super Paint (satin)
- Duration (satin)
- Emerald (satin)
BENJAMIN MOORE/SAMPLIZE PAINT LINES & SHEENS (FINISH)
- Regal Select (Eggshell)
- Aura (Eggshell)
FARROW & BALL/SAMPLIZE PAINT LINES & SHEENS (FINISH)
- Estate Emulsion
PPG/SAMPLIZE PAINT LINES & SHEEN (FINISH)
- Prominence (Eggshell)
You’ll find more detailed info with my answer to the next question…
The less I do of this, the better (and yes, I do have a cute tooshie).
WHY DOES MY SAMPLIZE SAMPLE LOOK DIFFERENT FROM THE ACTUAL PAINT?
There are two instances where your Samplize sample might not match what’s in front of you.
COMPARING SAMPLIZE TO PAPER CHIP SAMPLES OR THE FAN DECK
Paper chip samples, including those in the fan deck, are the LEAST accurate representation of a color.
Because they’re printed, and the printing process can vary. Samplize uses the ACTUAL PAINT from each company, which means you get the ACTUAL COLOR – not the printed version. This means that Samplize is the more accurate of the two options.
COMPARING SAMPLIZE TO THE ACTUAL PAINT YOU’VE APPLIED ON YOUR WALLS
If you’ve done two coats of paint (one coat doesn’t count), and notice that it looks different from your Samplize sample, there’s a VERY good reason for this.
As you’ve learned, Samplize uses the ACTUAL paint from each company. However, the paint companies have trouble offering the SAME COLOR as you shift between a) their different lines of paint, and b) the different sheens.
Paint is finicky. Even paint companies struggle to get a consistent color between the different lines/finishes they carry.
Let’s say you get your Samplize sample and love the color. You decide to save a little money and get it in contractor-grade paint…and it doesn’t match your Samplize sample. This can happen. To get the closest match to your Samplize sample, you’ll want to stick with the lines of paint they use.
And remember, how a paint color looks can shift based on the SHEEN of the paint, so leave a little room for this in your noggin’.
Check out SAMPLIZE HERE and have some color fun!
CAN YOU REUSE SAMPLIZE SAMPLES?
Samplize samples EASILY peel off the wall and can be moved to other walls as often as you like! If for some reason you want to keep your samples, leave them on their paper backing and stick them to the wall with a piece of tape (they don’t return to their paper backing easily). I do this as I constantly reuse my samples in my Youtube color videos (which will soon be redone in my NEW STUDIO SPACE!).
This next photo shows how I compare my samples…
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White paper is a must-have (or poster board). Taping it behind/beside your samples is a GREAT way to see how the colors look. If you take the backing off your peel-and-stick samples, tape some white paper around them.
While the blue tape is a bit distracting, this next photo is another great example of having white paper around the samples…
This next image shows why the white paper surround is SO important…
YOUR OLD COLOR WILL AFFECT YOUR PERCEPTION OF YOUR NEW COLOR
Sure, sticking your sample right on the wall is great to see how it’s DIFFERENT from your old color, but your old color will also affect your PERCEPTION of the new color. Notice how much better Gossamer Veil looks with a white surround (it also shows you the general contrast with white trim). Sure, the above example is from a sample pot, not Samplize, but it’s the IDEA that I want to share with you.
In this next photo, it would be much easier to see the difference between these two shades if a) they were butted up to each other, and b) if they were surrounded on three sides by white paper, with the fourth side butting up to the tile.
WHAT’S THE ALTERNATIVE TO SAMPLIZE?
Paper chips or fan deck samples are not an alternative – hard no.
This is ridiculous – size does matter, if you know what I’m sayin’
The BEST alternative to Samplize is to buy a quart of paint in the exact line of paint and finish you’ll be using for your project. Keep in mind that most quarts run from $25-$40. You’ll also want to account for a roller/tray or brush.
Samplize is $5.95, and you’re done.
At the end of the day…
1. Never judge or choose a paint color based on how it looks on the small paper chip samples or in the fan deck.
2. Leave a little wiggle room for variation, as this will happen between the brand’s different paint lines.
3. Avoid sample pots, as they’re made with the lowest quality paint.
4. Use Samplize to narrow your options. If you’re concerned, before slapping paint on the wall, buy a QUART of paint in the exact line/sheen you’ll be using and make sure you’re still 100% happy. Really though, Samplize should do the trick.
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