Walmart Paint Return Policy: Ultimate Guide

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Walmart is a fantastic place to secure many items required for DIY. They have a huge selection of decor, materials, and paints by brands such as:

  • Gidden
  • Krylon
  • Rust-Oleum and
  • Kilz

If you’ve recently purchased paint from Walmart but perhaps you’re not happy with the color, with the quality or you might have just changed your mind, then you’ll need to act quickly to make a return.

Like most stores, Walmart has a limited return window that you’ll need to meet to secure that precious refund or exchange.

To help you there, we’ve examined exactly what Walmart’s paint return policy is and will bring you up to speed with the returns window, how to make a return, when to expect a refund, their no-receipt policy, and much more.

Let’s take a look…

What is Walmart’s Paint Return Policy? In Short

In summary, you can return paint to Walmart any time up to 90 days after purchase for a full refund or exchange.

It’s easy to check what the returns policy is on individual Walmart goods as you can simply go along to their online store, click on a paint listing and it will show you the policy for that item:

You can return paint to Walmart for many different reasons such as:

  • If you don’t like the color
  • If it’s defective
  • If you don’t like the consistency
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Mistaken or duplicate orders
  • If you’ve changed your mind.

Can You Return Opened Paint to Walmart?

Yes, you can return opened paint to Walmart provided you do it within 90 days.

However, we would refrain from doing this too often as it may result in your details being flagged by them for abusing the policy.

How to Return Paint to Walmart?

You can return paint to any of Walmart’s stores or by using the online mail-in returns process.

To initiate a return online take these steps:

  1. Log in to your Walmart Account 
  2. Head to your purchase history
  3. Find your paint order
  4. Choose the order
  5. Provide your reason for returning the paint
  6. Select whether you’d like to exchange them or receive a refund
  7. Select save
  8. Click Continue
  9. Choose the method for return (i.e. mail or in-store)
  10. Print off the prepaid USPS/FedEx labels
  11. Click submit
  12. If making a return by mail drop off your item at your local FedEx or USPS location

Can You Return Paint to Walmart for Free?

Yes, Walmart provides free return delivery with their pre-paid USPS or FedEx returns labels and there is no re-stocking fee to pay.

Can I Return Paint to Walmart With No Receipt?

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You can return paint to Walmart without a receipt but you will need to take along an official Government issued ID for Walmart to run on their system.

They’re essentially looking for any red flags that might show you’re returning a lot of items.

However, without a receipt, you will only be offered the following:

  • An exchange
  • A cash refund for items worth less than $10
  • A Walmart credit to spend in-store for items worth over $10

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Walmart Plant Return Policy

How Long Will It Take to Get a Refund for Paint?

Expect to wait up to 10 business days for a refund if you use the mail-in returns process.

For paint returned in-store, you should receive a refund there and then which should be repaid into your account within a few days, if not instantly depending on your bank or card issuer.

Walmart vs Costco vs Home Depot vs Lowe’s vs Amazon Returns Policies

We’ve done a handy comparison table to see how Walmart’s policy measures up compared to some its main competitors:

StoreReturn Window
CostcoReturn any time
Amazon30 days
Lowe’s30 days
Home Depot30 days

Final Thoughts

Walmart offers a generous 90-day returns window on the paint it sells which is better than most of the competition bar Costco (but then you do have to pay for Costco membership).

They also offer completely free returns either in-store or using the online, mail-in process.

We don’t find Walmart’s paint selection to be the best but then again it’s more of a general store than a DIY or home decor one like Lowe’s or Home Depot.

About the author

Oliver graduated from law school in 2008 and has practiced exclusively in the field of civil litigation for the last 10 years. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in litigation involving large financial losses and a special interest in consumer law. He has achieved numerous 7 figure settlements and has been involved in multi-billion dollar class-action consumer lawsuits against companies such as the Volkswagen Group. Away from the law, he is a consumer information and personal finance writer, having been featured in key publications such as Yahoo Finance, GO Banking Rates, NewsBreak, MEL Magazine, and many more.

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