In the day and age we live in, new vibrant colours are out on the market next to the old beloved classics. As colour means emotion and emotion sells vehicles – whether they are new, second-hand or even a classic – the job of a spray painter is to match the colour of the car 100% when doing a repair. A basically invisible repair is what the customer is looking for and what shop owners and paint manufacturers are targeting together.
But this is not an easy task as colours are becoming more and more challenging to repair through built-in effects or – in the case of older cars – aging of the initially applied colour. Body shops therefore constantly must stay ahead of all colour trends and have to be properly trained on the influence of nature on the colours, as to not suffer the consequences of not being able to mix the required colour.
Next to supplying the full colour range – covering decades of paint experience – Glasurit equips the body shops with state-of-the-art color matching equipment and trains painters in expert seminars. After all, the most important factor in matching the colour is the spray painter and our industry has to strive to keep their skills at the highest levels in a world of changing trends.
Within the training and during the regular visits at the shops, the Glasurit team will go through every influencing factor in getting to perfect repair – starting from the substrate all the way to the finish. One should never forget that most of the vehicle is painted by robotic arm application in perfect conditions at the motor manufacturers plant. And now we are expecting the human intervention to create the exact same finish as before. In other words, restore the vehicle to its previous condition. It all sounds very complicated, but with the right products, the proper training and by following the processes and recommendations a good spray painter will be able to create the perfect finish. Whether it is a new, repaired or even customised part to be painted, it all starts with the specific substrate, as the substrate plays a major part in the colour reproduction. Plastic parts, carbon fibre, aluminium, galvanised steel etc., all have their influence on the results and therefore specific repair processes need to be followed. A plastic bumper for example will react differently to metallic effects – as it has a differing static charge to other parts of the car. If one does not adjust the application to the substrate properly it will lead to an unsatisfying result.
Next, painters will have to make sure that they adhere to the diverse grey shade concepts – matching the complex process at the vehicle manufacturers site. To ensure a perfect colour reproduction, the correct grey shade needs to be applied to the substrate. Most of the new vibrant colours are dependent on the correct colour ground coat to obtain the same colour match as well as the same special effects. Colours are becoming more and more translucent, and therefore the correct application procedures and recommendations are crucial – which is why Glasurit puts such a high focus on training and support.
The most difficult step of course is then to match the colour itself, especially as colour can vary nearly daily – caused by several influencing factors such as the painter, colour mixing, application methods/techniques, the vehicle itself, the vehicle manufacturer as well as the material used. All the mentioned influencers will have an effect on the reproduced colour, and therefore it is important to have the support of technology, the proper training and the most innovative paint solution.
We also need to take into consideration that colour variations from original are inevitable because of normal aging and exposure to environmental factors. When a car has been around the block for a few years, there is a normal fading of the colour. Even if the vehicle’s colour code is used to mix a new batch of paint to factory specifications, there may still be a noticeable difference, and this is where the skill of the spray painter comes in. The key therefore is to use the available blend in methods – so that the repaired panel or part seamlessly blends in to the rest of the car.
But how to find the colour – reconsidering that there are so many influencing factors making each repair unique? Next to traditional methods of colour chips, Glasurit supports the painters with the latest technology – namely the unparalleled spectrophotometer Ratio Scan 12/6. This phenomenal piece of equipment has brought a new revolution to the colour matching world. With no less than 6 cameras and 12 geometries, colours can be reproduced much easier and much faster. With its wireless transfer capabilities to the mixing room, colours can be scanned and the results sent to the paint management programme for mixing. There is also a correction functionality, that would adjust the colour even closer after comparing it to the photos that were taken by the colour matching tool. Basically, perfect colour matching at your fingertips in the blink of an eye.
Using all the latest tools and aids available from Glasurit, as well as attending the broad range of colour seminars, each paint shop has the capabilities to deliver perfect results. If the repair is good but the paint finish itself is not, the customer will not be satisfied. Glasurit and all its partners understand the importance of customer satisfaction, and therefore Glasurit will never stop investing into colour reproduction methods as well as repair processes.
To learn more about the Glasurit Ratio Scan 12/6, visit the following link: https://youtu.be/YY-PIVHgBfE
Glasurit strive to develop skills in our industry to perfection – unconditionally of whether shops are using Glasurit products or not. Here are a few tips that each and every one should consider when mixing colours.
- Ensure that all mixing bases are stirred properly (stir the bases twice per day for 10 minutes on the mixing machine)
- When mixing the colour, stir thoroughly before and after adding the reducer
- Make a spray-out sample and check for hiding power
- Bake the spray-out sample properly
- Match the colour to the vehicle in daylight conditions
- When tinting, use mixing bases contained in the mixing formula
- Do not use several mixing bases for adjusting a colour unless you need to make the colour look darker
- Make a spray-out sample after each adjustment step
- For basecoat/clearcoat systems, spray-out samples must always receive clearcoat
- Respect the basecoat flash-off period before applying clearcoat.