Where to Find Free Paint Samples, Swatches, Testers

Where to Find Free Paint Samples, Swatches, Testers

Paint swatches
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If you are looking for free paint samples, they come in three different forms:  

  1. Paint Samples:  Also known as testers, which are bottles of paint ranging from 2 oz. to 8 oz. sizes and can be applied directly to your wall.  The 8 oz. paint samples/testers cover about 16 square feet (4' x 4').
  2. Paint Fans:  Palettes of bound paint swatches arranged in graduated form.
  3. Paint Chips:  Loose squares or rectangle found at paint stores.

Behr

Paint Testers

  • Free or Paid? - Paid
  • Available Online? - Yes, through The Home Depot site or in store.
  • Size? - 8 oz. Brush not attached.
  • Cost? - Around $3.00

Paint Swatches/Chips

  • Free or Paid? - Free and paid (see Notes)
  • Available Online? - Yes, paint fans are available for around $35 at The Home Depot site. Contains over 1,600 colors.
  • Notes - Loose paint chips are available for free at The Home Depot.

Dutch Boy

Paint Testers

  • Free or Paid? - N/A Testers not available.
  • Available Online? - N/A
  • Size? - N/A
  • Cost? - N/A

Paint Swatches/Chips

  • Free or Paid? - Free and paid (see Notes)
  • Available Online? - Yes, paint fans are available containing "hundreds of colors," according to the Dutch Boy website, are available for around $25 on Amazon. Oversized paint color samples, 17.5" x 24", are available online which you can stick on your wall and get a very accurate idea of what the eventual color will look like.
  • Notes - Conventional loose paint chips are available for free at various paint retailers such as Sears.

Glidden

Paint Testers

  • Free or Paid? - Paid
  • Available Online? - Yes, through The Home Depot site or in store.
  • Size? - 2 oz. Brush attached.
  • Cost? - Around $3.00

Paint Swatches/Chips

  • Free or Paid? - Free and paid (see Notes)
  • Available Online? - Yes, paint fans are available for around $20-$30 at The Home Depot site. Contains over 2,000 colors.
  • Notes - Loose paint chips are available for free at The Home Depot

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams paint is sold at standalone Sherwin-Williams stores (as opposed to Home Depot's Behr or Lowe's Valspar).

Paint Testers

  • Free or Paid? - Paid
  • Available Online? - No, in store only.
  • Size? - Color To Go® is the largest sized paint sample available, giving around 75 square feet of coverage. No brush attached.
  • Cost? - ?

Paint Swatches/Chips

  • Free or Paid? - Free (see Notes)
  • Available Online? - No, in store only.
  • Notes - Loose paint chips are available for free at Sherwin-Williams stores. Sherwin-Williams does not offer paint fans.

Valspar

Valspar is found at Lowe's Home Improvement stores.

Paint Testers

  • Free or Paid? - Paid
  • Available Online? - Yes, through Lowe's site or in store.
  • Size? - 8 oz. No brush attached.
  • Cost? - Around $3.00

Paint Swatches/Chips

  • Free or Paid? - Free (see Notes)
  • Available Online? - No, in store only.
  • Notes - Loose paint chips are available for free at Lowe's.  Valspar does not offer paint fans.