Lowe's Return Policy on Paint?

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  1. happily single

    happily single <font color=royalblue>Left foot first!<br><font co

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    So I decided this morning to paint the kitchen. Original plan was a robin egg blue. I will have (after painting is done) a floor in earth tones, with slight blue undertones; however, I also have beadboard on the bottom half of the wall and the blue is washed away. Soo, I choose an apricot color, bought the sample size and liked, but didn't love it. I decided that maybe once an entire wall was done I'd like it....Soo I committed to 2 gallons. Well about 1/2 of the first gallon is gone and I HATE IT!!

    I'm thinking no, but can I return an un-opened can of custom color paint? Or....is anyone here interested in some paint??:thumbsup2
     
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  3. QVCshopper

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    I don't about Lowes, but I think you can at Home Depot. I've often bought their returned oops paints for $1/quart and $3/gallon to do smaller projects, like the wall behind my TV, a bathroom, and a wall in my DD's bedroom. They sell their returns and mistakes at a deep discount. Maybe give them a call or check their website?
     
  4. LuLuO

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    Custom mixed paint is officially not returnable. If you throw a fit, they might take it back, but why should they? They didn't pick that color for you. :)

    I had that experience with our living room. I painted it a green color. It was okay but I wasn't in love with it. I lived with it though for four years and just recently painted it red which I love. Sometimes it is so hard to decide on a color and you don't know until you get it up there how you're going to feel about it.
     
  5. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Custom paint is not returnable. The ones you see on the 'oops' paint shelf are things that were mixed improperly on their end.
     
  6. StephMK

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    They won't take it back but I asked if I could just give back one I didn't like - they said they'd send it to Habitat for Humanity. I don't know if they regularly donate paint but hopefully they do. Or there are donation places around that will take it. We have a local place that takes all kinds of household products & offers them to the public.
     
  7. SandrA9810

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    If a can of paint is returned, they remix the color to something new. So you buy a can of blue, return it, and then hope you can buy it at 1$ a can... ain't gonna happen, cause it'll be green when it goes on the oops shelf. It sometimes depends on the store/management team if they're willing to return it. You can also take the paints back and see if they can change the color a bit.

    Are you happy within that shade?? Or do you want a totally different color all together??
     
  8. daddyof2

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    I have done this
    my store didnt have custom paint is not refundable any where that I cold see

    the lady said we couldnt

    I asked for a manager and he said the same thing
    then I asked him to show me where it says not refundable and he couldnt so he gave me my refund (I was nice about it no attitude or yelling) most of the time if your reasonable but firm they will help if they can
     
  9. Jenn4615

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    Home Depot used to allow any paint returns custom or not... Now on the custom cans it states it is not returnable... Now if you could come up with a reason why like its defective they would... But they may just give u a new can of the same thing.. LOL
     
  10. happily single

    happily single <font color=royalblue>Left foot first!<br><font co

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    I;ll go check the can to see if it specifically says no refunds. I know the paint counter and check-outs do not have that disclaimer.

    But, I may bring it back and see if they can change it into a blue. Right now its an apricot color, but over my imperfect walls it looks slightly shiny (and its a satin finish)and just looks...um cheap? I was hoping for a robin egg blue, but would even go to a dusty grayish blue
     
  11. sam_gordon

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    I would think the burden of proof would be on YOU to show that custom paint IS refundable. :confused3

    As far as I know, a store can have any return policy it wants. It can say "we'll refund everything except items purchased on a Tuesday after 4pm". I think the manager was being nice to you.:hug:
     
  12. mrodgers

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    My wife works at Lowes. They take paint back all the time, any paint, even if you simply did not like the color once you tried it on the wall.

    My wife loves it because she loves painting the house and she checks the clearance rack all the time and brings home the returned paint for $5/gallon.
     
  13. Disney845

    Disney845 I miss my custom tags :(

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    Not 100% sure on Lowes, but Home Depot's policy is no returns on custom tinted paint (says so right on the label which prints with the color codes).

    That being said, a lot of the time, the returns desk/manager will just take it back as opposed to arguing with the customer. Personally I don't think they should, because why should they take back a customized item that you chose just because you don't like it? :confused:

    Also, regarding the oops paint. This could potentially be a returned item (if as I said the customer complained enough and got them to take it back) but most often is a paint that didn't come out correcly when the paint department was first mixing it (like a color match that the customer didn't like the results of). They will then mix in other tint to change the color so it is completely different from what they were originally making (to prevent customers from asking for a color, saying the don't like it, then waiting for the store to mark it down and buying it anyway).

    OP, you mentioned trying to see if they could change the apricot to blue, you should take it back in to the store and ask them. It might not be possible however, because different paint colors start with different bases.

    SO is addicted to paint. He is constantly buying paint and painting/repainting our house, and other things. Since oops paints are such a "great" deal he is constantly buying them. We have a detached large storage shed (I call it "the barn"...it is one of those Tuff Sheds Home Depot sells and contracts to have people come out and build on your property...did I mention that SO spends far too much money at Home Depot?) and we probably currently have no less than 30 different cans of paint in there for various projects. :rolleyes:
     
  14. chyam

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    I think alot depends on the store....I was told by someone in my store just by pass the returns counter and go directly to the paint counter, and depending on the person (in this case the person who told me) took it back and marked it as an opps....and made me a different color, most of the mistakes I have had to take back with custom colors is for some reason I ask for exterior only to get home and find it was interior, I do save my receipt and I also take my color chip where I usually have them write if it is interior or exterior and the date! So take the full can back ....find a nice looking person....lol and ask, if not you are out but at least it is worth a try...I always check my cans now...exterior/interior...lol
     
  15. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

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    Lowe's (corporate policy, NOT at the discretion of the store/manager) is not to refund paint just because you don't like the color. And as a PP said, why should they? If you get an employee to go along with you, that doesn't make it right.
     
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  17. ExPirateShopGirl

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    Donate the paint to a local 501(c)(3) charity. You'll get a tax deuctible receipt for its value.
     
  18. kelly1218

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    No you can't . Home Depot has a nonreturnable policy on their mixed paint. It's printed right on the color label on the lid. Sorry.
     
  19. lucas43068

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    dont be that guy, if a store had to post the return policy of every item, you wouldnt be able to find anything, just policies.

    plus, you chose the paint. why would they take it back and take a hit on the cost..
     
  20. kirstenb1

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    It's like wearing an outfit, then returning it. No one can repurchase it, so the store has to eat the cost. You're passing your cost off on them.
     
  21. 01spirit750

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    Reminds of the time at the home depot returns desk. The guy ahead of me was trying to return a 5 gallon bucked of paint. The problem was that there was only 3" inches of paint left in the bottom of the 5 gallon pail.
     

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