The Search for the Perfect Colormatch: Part 3 - We've Got the Tools, We've Got the Talent!
If you've ever visited a big-box home improvement store's paint desk wanting to match an existing color in your house, then you've probably had some experience with their computer photospectrometer color matching. Whether that experience was positive or frustrating is highly dependent on numerous factors, but ultimately, the vast majority of this color matching technology is designed with very basic functions to be usable by $10/hr drones. You’ll find this retail-grade software and hardware in many paint specialty stores, as well. However, in only a very small percentage of specialty stores will you find custom-tailored software with advanced, lab grade matching and quality control capabilities.
Here at Finisher’s Warehouse, we are fortunate enough to have such equipment, but even the best tools are worthless without the talent and training to use them efficiently. Manufacturer training and support are essential for navigating this sort of sophisticated software, and having a an experienced colorist is crucial for interpreting and executing a successful match with the given data. You'll find this level of expertise and technology in-house at many beverage, cosmetic, automotive, textile, chemical and paint manufacturers, but outside of that, the level of precision this equipment affords a colorist is nearly impossible to find.
Obtaining the data to create a color is one thing, but whether a formula is tinted using weight or volume measurements of colorant, additional variables can skew even the best formulation. As colorants themselves are created with naturally occurring minerals and metals, the colorant itself might differ slightly batch to batch. The environmental conditions of the day, be it humidity, temperature, or barometric pressure, may affect the measurement scale or density of the colorant when tinting by volume. Human error, whether perceivable or not, is the biggest variable; often, a colorist may overshoot the color by a measure so small it’s undetectable with a typical one decimal place gram scale.With our software package, we have the ability to measure and analyze a sample of every batch of a color we produce to see how well it compares to the original standard. This ensures your next batch will be as close as possible to the last pail you purchased.