Can Auto Body Paint Be Perfectly Matched?

April 14, 2023 8:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Can Auto Body Paint Be Perfectly Matched?

One of the most challenging parts of body repair is color matching. It’s an art, and only a professional shop can accurately match new paint to an original finish.

Color Codes

With thousands of shades available in the market, matching paint can be a daunting task. Auto body shops use color codes to match paint perfectly. A color code is a unique number that is used to identify a specific paint color for each vehicle. They can be found in a variety of places on the car, such as the door jamb, glove compartment or trunk. One of the hardest types of colors to match is silver or metallic paints. They tend to contain a higher level of metallic flakes that give them a bright shine in full sunlight. The problem with these colors is that they can be up to 5% different in shade. This is because of the way they were painted at the factory.

Blending Techniques

When a repair is performed and repainted, it is very important to ensure that the new color will blend into the old paint. This is essential in order to make the repair as invisible as possible to the human eye. The process of blending paint is one of the main techniques that help to achieve this. However, it is not an easy task. This is because the paints can be quite different from each other. This is caused by many factors such as the temperature, gun settings and humidity of the paints. Therefore, it is a very good idea to try and use a paint system that is specifically designed to offer excellent blending properties. A good example of a paint system with great blending abilities is SINNEK’s W6000 series. This product is specially formulated to provide excellent blending, coverage and colorimetry. It also provides high productivity and a very high quality finish paint. It can be applied with both sprayers and airless paint guns.


A spectrophotometer uses light to help auto body technicians match paint. These devices work quickly and accurately, especially for custom or vintage paint jobs. Spectrophotometers are also helpful for matching colors that aren’t available as paint chips from the manufacturer. For example, if you’re painting a fleet vehicle, the company may have a specific color code they want to match. Modern spectrophotometers use interference filters to measure the wavelengths involved in the paint color. This method improves accuracy by limiting absorption and reflection. Spectrophotometers also use multi-angle technology, allowing them to read the color from several different angles. This can be particularly useful for metallic or pearlescent paints because the colors can appear differently at various angles.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

One of the most challenging aspects of a successful auto body repair is the application of paint. This includes selecting the proper coating liquids for your vehicle’s unique surface, mixing the proper tint and applying it in the proper ratio. A well-trained technician should be able to get the job done right the first time. The best way to do this is to use the manufacturer’s specifications. In our shop here at Tom’s Body and Paint, Inc., we use a state-of-the-art computer based measuring and straightening system to bring our clients’ vehicles back to their original factory specifications. Our staff is also trained to utilize the latest industry-approved refinishing tools and equipment in order to produce high-quality work that will last for years to come!

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