In an Ideal World, Color Matching Would Always Be Perfect on the First Try

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When it comes to color, the ultimate goal is to produce a perfect color match in one shot. However, achieving the perfect match is limited by countless variables that impact the quality or the feasibility of the match. Because so much time and effort are required to manage a color process, many organizations settle for imperfection in the end.

 

The key to managing this is to understand the limitations of color matching and implement the proper tools to compensate accordingly. These are some of the colorant limitations that your organization may encounter and that contribute to imperfect color matches:

 

·   Difference in colorant tint strength

·    Naming discrepancies for colorant sets

·    Limited colorant selection

·    Weighing errors

·    Application variables

 

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Thankfully, color correction programs can help compensate for some of the colorant-based limitations you are facing by balancing cost with color match quality and by identifying the best colorant combinations to achieve a match.

 

Unfortunately, perfect color matching the first try every time is an elusive chimera at best. Thankfully, with the proper color management tools and processes in place, it is possible to achieve an appropriate balance – while also taking into consideration time, cost and quality – in consistently achieving excellent color matches. By better understanding the limitations of colorants and the color development process overall, organizations can take steps to appropriately compensate.

 

If you’d like to learn more about these colorant limitations and how color correction programs can help, I encourage you to read my article “In an Ideal World, Color Matching Would Always Be Perfect on the First Try: How to Balance Cost, Time and Quality when Matching a Customer’s Color Requirement,” which was published in the July issue of Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine.