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Do some paint colors hide better than others?

Yes, some paint colors do tend to hide better than others. Generally, darker and more saturated colors tend to hide imperfections and previous colors on walls better than lighter and more pastel colors.

Here are some reasons why darker colors may hide better:

Greater opacity: Darker colors are usually more opaque than lighter colors, meaning they have a higher pigment concentration. This makes it easier for them to cover up imperfections and previous colors.

More forgiving: Darker colors are more forgiving when it comes to minor imperfections on the wall, such as dents or cracks, because they tend to absorb more light and hide shadows.

Contrast: The contrast between a dark paint color and a light surface can create the illusion of depth, making any imperfections less noticeable.

That being said, it is important to note that the quality of the paint and the surface being painted also play a significant role in how well a color hides. It is always a good idea to test the paint color in a small area before committing to a full application, especially if you are unsure how well the color will hide.

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