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Select a colour to paint a car

26.03.2012
honda_flash20.jpgThe process of car painting is an art. Compliance with all the requirements and work conditions can guarantee the excellent quality of the colour and its durability. Proper colour selection is a very complex part of this process, which requires a professional approach.

The body colour is usually specified in the car log book. Specialists can quickly find the proper formula for mixing different shades. However, a lot of cars are mended after accidents, or their bodywork is repaired, or a former owner desired a re-painting, or there was just an updating of its colour. It is all good and well, if the previous painter took into account all the peculiarities of the body colour and used the correct formula for colour matching, or noted an identification number of the new shade. But what if there’s nothing, what should be done?

It’s almost impossible to define a complicated shade by sight. First, there’s a range of millions colours. Then, it’s important to take the illumination, surface structure and material into account. Car owners, when faced with painting in their “garage”, are often forced to choose the proper shade on their own. Eventually, this leads to undesirable consequences. It also relieves “garage-painters” of responsibility for the low quality of work. Modern service stations, specializing in painting cars, have a staff of colour specialists. These experts not only select the correct colours and shades they also determine the exact formula for mixing the pigments. The work of these skilled professionals is a guarantee of quality for the selection of the right shade and of the correct materials for its manufacture.

Untitled-63.pngDifferent technologies are used for accurate colour identification. In particular, experts have looked to fan decks, consisting of cards, each of which has its own unique colour and number. They pick up the cards in daylight and artificial lighting, then study the grain and lustre in detail. This method does not always give a 100% accurate result, but it’s the simplest and the most common one. The use of digital technologies provides the most accurate data on the shades. Modern colourists can use spectrophotometers, colorimeters, gloss meters and other equipment to determine the exact colour and gloss of paint. Having obtained the desired shade, colourists derive a formula to prepare a composition to be used for painting the vehicle.

This final analysis enables qualified staff to guarantee their clients a reliable body repair, not only with the most accurate colour matching but also the use of high-quality materials for its composition. Thereby, putting the “war horse” back into an excellent condition; not only structurally, but also with its painted surface protected from corrosion and other types of natural exposure.