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Old 07-18-2009, 02:04 PM
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color match scanners

i use standox paint and i would like to find a scanner but would like some information from someone other than a sales rep.

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Old 07-18-2009, 06:08 PM
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Well the only place you will be able to get one is from the sales rep. And if you don't trust your sales rep, I don't know what to tell you. If he as given you a real reason not to trust him, than don't. But if he hasn't given you a REAL reason not to, you should be listening to him.

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I would say it depends on how much of your money it is going to take to purchase it. My experience with the hand held computers is that they are another tool to help identify the correct color formula but not a "fix all" for color match issues. I find you still need your variant decks and good common sense to pick the right color. Even with all of the cool tools out there you're still going to have to tint and blend some colors. If you're sales rep wants your business enough you might get it for free. I hear of it all the time in this business.
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Im with Bayou Eagle, they do help when you dont have anywhere to start but i havent had much luck. We also run sandbox up here and i really dont care for it much. We have the standox tool that hooks up to our comp and there hasnt been a time yet that we havent had to tint. If you dont have a code to start off with is the only time it worth using, if not just look at the ref decks.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:33 AM
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I have a hand held spectrophotometer that gives me color formulas to match vinyl, leather, Ultraleather, and plastic. Once in a while it gives me a formula that is right on the money, but most of the time, I have to play with it to get it just right. It's a good starting point, but it's not dead on. I'm sure that will be the case in matching paint too.

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To me those scanners can save some time in finding a starting point but you will still have to shoot a layout or test card and then tint a bit to get a good blend..Once in a while it will be right on or sometimes "good enuf"

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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