DEC colours

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Mon Nov 15 15:26:39 2004

On Mon, 2004-11-15 at 13:16 -0500, Joe R. wrote:
> If you take a sample to a store that sells automtive paint they'll
> match it up exactly.*

Been there, done that. The systems they use for colour matching aren't
that precise - not enough to do an exact job. I went to five or so
different paint specialists a while ago, and they all say the same

Yep, you can get close - and certainly close enough that you won't
notice any difference indoors, but it isn't an exact match. Place two
items together in good light where one's been sprayed with the matched
paint and you'll probably be able to tell.

I believe the innacuracy is in the mixing process rather than the
analysis phase; the larger quantity of paint you order the closer the
match gets. Plus I'm not sure what the situation is in the US, but over
here the specialists can legally only sell to licenced people (of course
the people you actually talk to tend to bend the rules a little)


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