You’re walking down the paint aisles of a hardware store. Cans of paint are lined up on the shelves. Looking at the Boysen products, you notice that there’s a “code” on the front of each can. What’s up with that? The experienced Boysen buyer will know how to take advantage of these mysterious letters and numbers.

Here’s an insider secret: you can actually use these codes to get more info about a product you’re interested in. Armed with the Boysen app, with just that code you’ll be able to see a digital color swatch of the product (if it’s paint), the product’s principal uses (if it can be used both indoors and outdoors, for example), all of the product’s technical details, any additional features the product may have, and more. Great, right? Read on to find out how!

How to Use the “Code” on Boysen Products on the Boysen App

1. For Paint Products

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First, pick a paint product. Let’s use Boysen Permacoat Latex B-7503 Ashton Gray for this example.

A. To See the Color Swatch

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Open the Boysen app and tap the “Search” icon. This will take you to the next screen with a search bar at the top. Because we want to see a color swatch, tap on the “Colors” tab right below the search bar.

Type the product code into the search bar. In this case, it’s “B-7503.” Type it exactly as you see it on the paint can, including the dash. And then hit the magnifying glass icon to enter.

Presto! You should see it appear. From here, the app should already give you a few details about the paint and the color such as the finish and a color swatch. Tap on it and it will show you a bigger swatch and even more info.

Take note: Digital color swatches may not match the actual paint color exactly. It’s best to see the physical paint swatch before making a purchase. 

B. To Learn More About the Paint Product

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You can also use the app to learn about the specifics and features of paint products. For our example (Boysen Permacoat Latex B-7503 Ashton Gray), simply type in “Permacoat Latex” on the search bar with the “Products” tab selected and choose it from the list that shows up.

Alternatively, you can also head to the main screen and choose “Products.” Scroll down until you get to Boysen Permacoat Latex (the list is in alphabetical order).

Once you get to the product info page, you’ll find the product’s description, principal uses, and paint schedule (a.k.a. what primer and putty to use with the product and how many coats of topcoat you’ll need).

Under the “Technical Data” tab you’ll find details on dry time, coverage, tinting, thinning solvent and clean-up solvent, and more. There’s a “Colors/Toners” tab as well where you can see all the colors available for that paint product.

2. For Non-Paint Products

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Let’s say you’re repainting a room in your home and would like to use putty to cover hairline cracks. You’re considering purchasing Boysen Masonry Putty B-7311 but want to know more about it first.

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Open the Boysen app and tap the “Search” icon. This will take you to the next screen with a search bar at the top. Because we’re searching for a product, choose the “Products” tab right below the search bar.

Now, type the product code into the search bar. In this case, it’s “B-7311.” Type it exactly as you see it on the can, including the dash. And then hit the magnifying glass icon to enter.

A list of products should now show up on the screen. Choose your product (which is usually at the topmost) and you’ll be taken to the product’s info page. Ta-da! Now you can see the product’s description, principal uses, technical data, and more.

Now that you’re in on the secret, use the Boysen app to your advantage because there are a lot more helpful features on it for you to explore. Find a guide here: Use the Boysen App the Right Way. You can download the Boysen app on the App Store and Play Store. Happy painting!

Author

Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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