Frequently Asked Questions
We ship everywhere in the United States except Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico (for now!). Check out this map to see paint order transit time! Please note, the day your order ships doesn't count toward transit time.
Good news! Shipping is free for Perfect Color Swatch orders and free for standard orders (paint & supplies) over $100! Shipping fees are as follows:
- Perfect Color Swatch orders - Free!
- Standard orders over $100 - Free!
- Standard orders under $100 - $9
Our goal is to ship your order as quickly as possible! We ship from the Midwest and orders placed before 2pm ET M-F usually ship out same business day. During periods of high demand, processing time at our warehouse may take up to 2 business days. Once your order ships, you’ll receive an email with tracking info so you can check on your delivery status.
Swatch orders ship via USPS with a standard transit time of 3 to 5 business days.
We ship our paint orders via UPS Ground. Take a look at this map to see standard transit times! Please note, the day your order ships doesn't count toward transit time.
Yes you can — just choose UPS 2nd Day Air or UPS Next Day Air Saver at checkout! The cost will depend on your shipping address and what you're ordering. Please note, orders placed after 2 p.m. ET M-F will ship the next business day, including orders placed on weekends.
Because we ship our paint with UPS, we are unable to deliver paint to a P.O. Box address.
However, our swatches are shipped with USPS, so we are able to deliver swatches to a P.O. Box address.
Yes we do, but during extreme weather bouts, we may delay shipping. If you live in a climate with temperatures above 110°F and near or below freezing (32°F), we recommend that you bring your paint inside your home as soon as possible (ideally within the hour of delivery!). For more information, contact [email protected]
We recommend signing up for a free UPS My Choice account! While UPS is required to leave packages in a safe place at the driver's discretion, as the shipper, we're not able to give them specific delivery instructions. UPS My Choice allows customers to decide how, where and when their packages are delivered! You can learn more and sign up here.
Our color samples are peel and stick swatches, and we deliver them right to your door! Better than a tiny paint chip, and cheaper and easier than messy sample pots, our large, re-positionable swatches make sampling colors a breeze.
Here's how you can order our Perfect Color Swatches:
- Go to either Wall Paint or Trim Paint to select your perfect color
- Click on the color you would like to sample
- Click on Swatch and then Add to Cart (see below)!
Our Paint Calculator estimates an approximate amount of paint needed for your project, factoring in two coats of paint for optimal coverage. Enter your wall or surface dimensions, factoring in windows and doors, to get a paint coverage and quantity estimate for your project!
On average, here's how our paint covers:
- Paint: 375-425 sq. ft. per gallon
- Ceiling Paint: 350-400 sq. ft. per gallon
- Primer: 225-275 sq. ft. per gallon
Please email us at [email protected] as soon as possible if you would like to cancel or change your order. Our fulfillment center processes orders quickly, but we’ll do our best to process your request.
Our paint is backed by our Happiness Guarantee: We’re here to help you paint a home you’ll love. We work hard to make sure that always happens, but if you’re unhappy with your experience, let us know and we’ll make it right!
Unopened paint & supplies can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of delivery. Returns of opened items or items without original packaging (boxes, inserts, clips, etc) cannot be accepted. Paint is subject to a $7 per gallon restocking fee which will be deducted from your refund. Perfect Color Swatches are final sale.
Returning more than 1 package? Email your order number to [email protected] and we’ll help.
Returning a single package? Click here to start a return.
Your credit card will be charged as soon as your order is accepted and processed.
Eight states (CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT) and the District of Columbia have paint stewardship laws that mandate paint recycling programs operated by PaintCare. For orders shipped to any of the PaintCare states, we are required to charge customers a fee between $0.75 and $0.99 per gallon. These fees fund the collection, transportation, recycling and safe disposal of paint in the state. For more information on PaintCare states and fees, please visit the PaintCare site here. To find a drop-off site near you, please use the PaintCare Site Locator here.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club credit cards or debit cards. We also accept Google Pay and Apple Pay! Unfortunately, we cannot accept checks or money orders.
Oh no! Here are a few things to check if your payment didn’t go through:
- Check that your card’s billing details (such as the security code and billing address) match what you’ve entered into our system.
- Is your card expired? Your card issuer may have declined your payment. They don’t tell us the reason for this, so it’s best to check with them before trying your card again. If none of these apply, please contact us at [email protected]. We’re happy to help!
We sure do! You can paint now and pay later with QuadPay - just choose QuadPay as your payment method at checkout for orders over $100. QuadPay automatically splits the purchase amount into 4 interest-free payments, every two weeks.
You can learn more about QuadPay here!
Yes—for life! Our paint and primer is guaranteed by our Limited Warranty that covers against any cracking, chipping, blistering, or peeling from properly prepared surfaces when used in accordance with the label instructions. This warranty extends for the period of time that you own or rent your home. For more detailed information, please visit our warranty page here.
Our paint supplies are protected against manufacturing defects by our Limited One-Year Warranty, which means that if you have any issues in your first year, we’ll refund you or replace it. Please note that our samples are not protected by any warranty. For more detailed information, please visit our warranty page here.
While our paint is considered self-priming, these are the cases where we recommend using primer:
- Current surface (that you're painting over) is a darker color or a higher gloss finish
- Surface has a lot of imperfections e.g., repairs, patches, stains, etc.
- Surface is unfinished, porous, or has been sanded down
- Your space gets very little ventilation
Our primer is also fast-drying and works for a variety of interior surfaces, including drywall, wood, and masonry, as well as hard-to-stick surfaces such as aged alkyd, aluminum, and galvanized metal.
We only sell gallon sizes at the moment, but we're open to expanding our assortment to include sizes our customers are asking us for, such as quarts or pints!
In the meantime, properly stored paint has a long shelf life, and it's always good to have extra paint on hand for touch ups!
We do not have a color or fan deck at the moment, but we are working on developing one. Stay tuned!
We teamed up with the best factories in the industry to manufacture our paint and supplies. Our paint factory has nearly 100 years of experience and a well-earned reputation for quality. We reviewed hundreds of paint formulas and consulted with industry experts to bring you the best performing, ultra-premium, Zero VOC paint that both homeowners and professionals would love.
We've done extensive performance testing as well as benchmark tests to see how our paint stacks up against leading premium brands, including ones that sell for more than $100 per gallon. Clare rates at or above competitors in applied hide (coverage), scrub resistance, stain resistance, and all other key performance attributes.
Definitely! We recommend using our Trim Paint because it's specifically formulated for higher touch surfaces, but you can use our Wall Paint, too. Just make sure to properly prep and prime your furniture before painting!
No, our paint is meant for interior surfaces only.
Yes! You can apply our paint using an airless sprayer.
Our Wall Paint can definitely be used on ceilings! While all of our paints are designed for all interior surfaces, we formulated our Ceiling Paint to have less spatter and the flat finish helps to hide imperfections, ideal for painting a ceiling. However, we love seeing how adventurous our customers get with color! All of our paints’ ultra-premium formulas use high quality ingredients and deliver exceptional performance including washability, scrubbability, and durability (and all of the other -abilities in between).
Our Trim Paint can definitely be used on walls! While all of our paints are designed for all interior surfaces, our Trim Paint has a subtle semi-gloss finish which makes it our most durable paint and optimal for use on high touch surfaces such as trims, doors, cabinets, and window frames. It’s also great for high traffic areas such as hallways and mudrooms. All of our paints’ ultra-premium formulas use high quality ingredients and deliver exceptional performance including washability, scrubbability, and durability (and all of the other -abilities in between).
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), are carbon-containing compounds, emitted as gasses, that can pollute the air in your home and the environment. VOCs are commonly present in a wide array of household products, including paints made with carbon-based solvents.
VOCs contribute to ozone pollution which is bad for the environment. VOCs also contribute to air pollution indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs contribute 2 to 5 times higher pollution of air indoors than outdoors, which is why it’s important to us to create products that support healthier indoor air environments.
Our paint is Zero VOC, which means no carbon-based solvents (VOCs) have been intentionally added to our products, although trace amounts of VOC may be present as residual components of other ingredients.
While no VOCs have been intentionally added to our products, trace amounts may be present as residual components of other ingredients. VOC contents in paint are regulated by the EPA. As per EPA Test Method 24, a paint is classified as Zero VOC if it contains less than 5 g/L of VOC content. The maximum VOC content levels in our paint are as follows:
Wall Paint 2 g/L Trim Paint 2 g/L Ceiling Paint 2 g/L Primer 3 g/L (ASTM Test Method D 6886)
We use only Zero VOC colorants in our paint, so they won’t add VOCs when the paint is tinted.
Our paint is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, meaning it is certified to be low-emitting, contains fewer pollutants and contributes to healthier indoor air quality. GREENGUARD Certification requires that products meet some of the world's most rigorous standards for low emissions of VOCs into indoor environments. To become GREENGUARD Gold Certified, our paint formulas were extensively tested for over 360 VOCs and other hazardous chemicals. The paint is tested in a dynamic environmental chambers where air flow is modeled to simulate actual product use in a typical home environment. Measurements for chemical and particle emissions are taken at intervals during testing and products are required to meet allowable emission levels within 7 to 14 days of installation. This testing is performed by UL Environment, a global, independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise.
The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California's Department of Public Health "Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)" (also known as California Section 01350).
To remain certified, our paint will undergo comprehensive certification testing on an annual basis, so you can have peace of mind that our products support better healthier indoor air environments.
Unopened cans of paint can last for around three years, so long as it’s stored properly. Once your paint has been opened, shelf life can vary depending on factors like temperature and air exposure. If the paint is exposed to too much air, it can potentially dry out. Sealing your paint tightly will keep your paint fresh for as long as possible. Seal your paint can tightly using a rubber mallet (not a hammer, which can leave dents in the can) so air doesn’t seep in and shorten the paint’s shelf life. Room temperature is ideal and you should avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures which can ruin your paint.
Our Ceiling Paint, Wall Paint and Trim Paint all have a mildew-resistant finish which helps inhibit the growth of mildew. While the mildew-resistant finish will help keep mildew growth at bay, it will NOT prevent, or fix the growth of mold, mildew, or other fungi. Painted surfaces in high-moisture spaces, such as bathrooms, or homes in excessively humid climates, should have proper ventilation to help avoid mildew and mold.
You can use a small flat head screwdriver to remove the clips. If you insert the blade under a clip and twist the screw driver, it should pop off!
We recommend sealing the lid of your can using a rubber mallet. Avoid using a hammer, which can leave dents in the can and allow air to seep in which will shorten the paint’s shelf life.
Leftover paint can be kept and reused for quite a long time if stored properly. First, seal the lid of your can using a rubber mallet. (Avoid using a hammer, which can leave dents in the can and allow air to seep in and shorten the paint’s shelf life.) It’s best to store leftover paint in a cool, dark location free from moisture or extreme temperatures. Moisture can cause your paint container to rust and extreme heat or cold can ruin your paint.
We always recommend recycling leftover paint since it can be used to make new water-based paints or mixed together for reuse in community projects like graffiti removal.
If you live in one of the 9 states with PaintCare, an organization that manages local paint recycling programs, take leftover paint to a drop-off site, where it is sorted for reuse, recycling, energy recovery, or safe disposal.
For those living in non-PaintCare states, you can donate unused and unopened water-based paint at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which sells gently-used and discounted furniture, appliances and building materials, like paint, from Habitat projects across the country.
You can also drop off leftover paint at household hazardous waste collection sites and events nationwide. Household paint is NOT considered hazardous waste, but lots of hazardous waste sites will take it off your hands and ensure proper disposal. Find a list of sites by inputting your zip code in this recycling search tool from Earth911.
Latex paint such as ours can be thrown into the trash only after it has been fully dried out. If you have a small amount of paint left in your can, remove the lid and allow it to dry out and solidify, then you can toss it in with your regular household trash.
If you have a larger amount of paint to dispose of, our favorite hack is kitty litter which helps dry your paint out faster. Stir in equal parts kitty litter into your paint can (or a larger, leakproof container if needed) until it starts to thicken. Then let it sit until it's fully dried out, usually about 24 hours. Once it's dry, you can throw the dried paint bits in the garbage.
Remember, when getting rid of paint, never pour leftovers down the drain or onto the ground.
Check your local regulations and visit these sites for more helpful resources on paint recycling.
For customers in CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, & DC:
For customers everywhere else:
Paint that has been (even partially) frozen and thawed is unusable and won’t adhere to walls properly. It will most likely have the consistency of cottage cheese. The best thing to do is to dispose of the paint - check out our blog post here for more details. If you think your paint has been frozen, please contact [email protected], and we’ll make it right!