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Pratt & Lambert Near Neutral Tints
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N9 = 229 229 229

>>> 228 233 230 - 1285 Sky Cloud
>>> 223 226 222 - 2327 Wraith
>>> 223 225 223 - 2315 Doverfeather *
>>> 222 218 219 - 1120 Souvenir

N8.5 = 215 215 215

>>> 213 213 208 - 2238 Winter's Gate

N8 = 202 202 202

>>> 197 200 200 - 2316 Hearthstone
>>> 198 199 195 - 2310 Armory
>>> 192 193 190 - 2239 Gigs' Grey *V

N7 = 175 175 175

>>> 176 180 177 - 2240 Minnow

>>> 161 166 164 - 2241 Carolina Gull
* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.

As per Randall' Paints in Ottawa recommended C2 brand of paints that the P&L colors can be mixed in.
I would stick to the actual Pratt and Lambert paints myself.

The Pratt & Lambert paint is called Accolade® Interior Acrylic Latex Flat. It is described as "child-proof" so it should be fairly durable and washable. There is also the Accolade® Interior Acrylic Latex Velvet which is also said to be "child-proof".
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Benjamin Moore Near Neutral Tints
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171 168 166 - 2112-50 STORMY MONDAY

175 175 175 - N7

---- 181 182 177 - HC-169 COVENTRY GRAY

>>> 196 200 200 - 2121-40 SILVER HALF DOLLAR

202 202 202 - N8

>>> 201 204 204 - 2134-60 WHITESTONE
---- 201 203 205 - 2133-60 SIDEWALK GRAY *V
---- 206 204 201 - 2112-60 CEMENT GRAY
>>> 214 218 220 - 2126-60 GRAY CLOUD
---- 219 222 222 - 2121-50 ICED CUBE SILVER
>>> 220 222 222 - 2132-70 MINERAL ICE *
---- 220 223 224 - 2119-70 FULL MOON *
>>> 223 224 223 - 2133-70 TUNDRA *
---- 223 223 225 - 2118-70 HEAVEN *
---- 223 225 224 - 2125-60 MARILYN'S DRESS *
---- 223 226 225 - 2134-70 GENESIS WHITE *V

229 229 229 - N9

---- 230 232 231 - 2124-60 MISTY GRAY *
>>> 232 229 230 - 2116-70 MIRAGE WHITE *V
>>> 231 233 231 - 2126-70 CHALK WHITE *V
---- 236 237 235 - 2125-70 WEDDING VEIL *
>>> 235 237 234 - 2121-60 WHITE DIAMOND
>>> 239 240 237 - 2124-70 DISTANT GRAY *V
---- 241 242 238 - 2121-70 CHANTILLY LACE
>>> 239 243 239 - 2123-70 ICE MIST
* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.

All the above tints are visualized in this photobucket folder.
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SICO Near Neutral Tints
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175 175 175 - N7

---- 183 183 179 - 4203-31 WARM GREY

>>> 181 186 183 - 4206-31 SMOKED NICKEL
---- 181 186 185 - 4208-31 ABSTRACT GREY
---- 187 185 189 - 4186-31 HALF-TONE
>>> 187 188 190 - 4209-31 OLD PEWTER *V

202 202 202 - N8

>>> 202 203 204 - 4209-21 SILVER REFLECTION *
---- 207 207 203 - 4203-21 GREY WOLF
---- 206 210 206 - 4206-21 SILVERY MOON
>>> 210 208 209 - 4186-21 FASHION GREY *
>>> 209 212 210 - 4208-21 SILVER SHORES *V
>>> 209 212 213 - 4210-21 QUIET GREY *
>>> 221 222 221 - 4209-11 PELICAN *
>>> 227 227 229 - 4185-11 VIOLET VEIL *

229 229 229 - N9

>>> 227 229 226 - 4208-11 SNOWFIELD *V
>>> 230 231 229 - 4210-11 EARLY FROST *
* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.

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Sherwin Williams Near Neutral Tints
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>>> 165 167 163 - SW 7066 GRAY MATTERS

175 175 175 - N7

202 202 202 - N8

>>> 199 203 203 - SW 7071 GRAY SCREEN
>>> 204 205 202 - SW 7064 PASSIVE *V
>>> 205 203 206 - SW 6260 UNIQUE GRAY
>>> 215 218 218 - SW 6253 OLYMPUS WHITE
>>> 221 223 220 - SW 7070 SITE WHITE
>>> 221 224 224 - SW 6231 ROCK CANDY *
>>> 224 224 223 - SW 6259 SPATIAL WHITE *
>>> 227 227 229 - SW 6539 SOOTHING WHITE *

229 229 229 - N9

>>> 229 230 227 - SW 6252 ICE CUBE *
---- 227 231 230 - SW 6518 SKI SLOPE
---- 227 231 232 - SW 6525 RARIFIED AIR
---- 237 237 231 - SW 7005 PURE WHITE
* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.

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Additional Brand Name Near-Neutral Gray Tints

True Value Trucolors

189 191 190 - 1981 WINTERS EVENING{B] *[/b]
200 201 201 - 1982 WINTER MOUNTAIN *

202 202 202 - N8

216 218 216 - 1991 MIDTOWN GRAY
220 220 220 - 1983 WINTER MIST *
217 220 219 - 2007 QUIET GRAY
221 222 222 - 1999 PEARL GRAY *
220 224 222 - 1695 WINTER FROST
225 228 227 - 1984 CULTURED GRAY

229 229 229 - N9

226 230 230 - 1680 WHITE IVY
239 236 239 - 1624 SPOTWHITE
238 242 241 - 1464 MURMUR
243 244 239 - 67 SILVER PEARL

* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.


Laura Ashley Near Neutral Tints

198 196 194 - 1614 STERLING

202 202 202 - N8

203 198 204 - 1514 SPRING LILAC
219 218 218 - 1513 WINTER WIND *
224 221 219 - 1512 WHITE CLAY
220 223 222 - 1613 GRAY MORNING
224 226 224 - 1609 NARCISSUS

229 229 229 - N9

230 233 233 - 1509 STEAM WHITE *
225 227 226 - 1510 PEARL ASH *

* - Within tolerance of a true neutral gray. {CIE-L*ab +/- 1.0}
*V - Visually indistinguishable from the neutral gray background.
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Painting Retractable Screens

Yes it is possible to paint a retractable screen!

You have to be able to leave the screen down for at least a week for the paint to fully dry. Ideally you would leave it down long enough for the paint to fully cure.

From my own experiences I do not recommend anything other than a matte exterior paint that is self-priming. Exterior paints are more flexible to withstand temperature changes. They are also very durable and UV resistant. The self-priming allows you to reduce the coats by one. The thinner the paint the better.

I only recommend a matte washable paint because a matte finish will not show the screen waves or imperfections in the image.

IMHO, Behr Premium Plus Ultra™ Exterior Flat #4850 is the best choice for painting a retractable screen. You can paint it white or choose one of the tints presented in the DIY Custom Gray Tints For Behr Ultra Pure White Paint chapter-post.


How To Do It

The first thing you need to do is devise a way to hold the screen with some tension on it.


Click image to enlarge.

Here you can see I used weights, bungee cords, and spring clamps to hold the screen in place while I painted it.

Mask off the black border with painter's tape. Having adequate light can make a difference in how well you smooth out the paint.


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Then simply paint the screen as you would if you were painting the wall.




You can save paint by bagging the roller between coats.



I recommend two coats to ensure good coverage.


Here are the results that I have enjoyed.






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