I should really have read the cans much closer.
The day was kinda a disaster but this was the worst.
I bought a small quart can of satin white for the baseboards in the bathroom. They needed some work and I thought I could get it done while my wife was at work. I’m not super handy, painting makes me stressed.
There was something totally wrong with the paint, it was like I was painting with milk. It was thin and didn’t cover anything. I kinda thought it was like the glaze you use for ceramics.
I googled and even called my in-laws to see if they could help. No luck.
I did stir the paint. I stirred it for maybe ten minutes. It was still as thin as could be, couldn’t cover anything.
I took a picture of the baseboard and the paint can label and returned to the store. The guy took one look, maybe like only a second long, and grabbed a new can. Told me this is what I needed.
The cans were 99% identical. There was one tiny set of words I did not read, I didn’t even see it. The thin paint was a deep base, the other just said pure white.
All my frustration solved in one second by an expert. So easy for him but so hard for me.