In addition to state of the art color matching equipment, Perspectives has countless years of color matching experience with the ability to match almost any color you bring to us. We are equipped with color catalogs from most of the major competitive paint manufacturers and several of the smaller regional paint manufacturers as well. This way if you need a color from one of our competitors, we can make it for you. Below is a helpful guide to make your color matching experience fast and efficient.
Custom color matches are time consuming. Some colors take 5 or 10 minutes and others could take an hour or more. We average around 30 minutes per color. Feel free to wait and watch as we do our magic, however we suggest dropping off your colors and coming back later.
The better the sample, the better the match. We've matched cookie crumbs, teddy bears, tree bark, you name it we've matched it. But remember, the best samples are flat, one solid color, and larger than a quarter.
If you're wanting a color matched in an oil based product the wait may be a bit longer. When paint dries, it changes, in some cases dramatically. Each time we add pigment to the paint we have to shake it, draw it down on a sample card, and wait till it dries to see what it looks like. It's not that it's harder to match, but we have to wait longer for oil samples to dry.
If you don't need an exact match, tell your salesperson. This will reduce your wait time. We can get really close to almost any color in just a few minutes. It's the dialing it in exactly that takes time. So if you're repainting everything and your color sample has faded and you just need a close match, let us know and one of our salespeople or our design staff can help you find the right color.
Touching up can be tricky. As we've stated, we can match almost any color you bring us. When it comes to touching up, it can get tricky for more than one reason. First and foremost, sheen. All paint manufacturers sheen levels vary. So if we're matching a competitor's satin finish, our satin could be a bit higher or lower in sheen, therefore affecting the touch up capabilities. Our color could be dead on, yet our sheen isn't and touch ups could stand out. Another issue is fading. Colors fade mostly due to light exposure. One side of your home may have faded more due to heavier exposure to the sun. If we match a sample from only one side of the house it may not match exactly to the other.
Wood stains and lacquers are extremely difficult to match. These matches can take multiple hours. Due to the level of difficulty and time involved, we have a stain and lacquer match fee of $10.00 per color. PLEASE BRING US A PIECE OF THE STAINED WOOD YOU WANT US TO MATCH AND A PIECE OF THE WOOD TO BE STAINED. Every piece of wood stains differently. A cabinet door with multiple pieces could look slightly different on each piece. If you don't have a piece of the wood you're staining, we have to use a stir stick, which is a really light cheap grade wood. This would obviously stain differently than red oak. Also, after you put a polyurethane or varnish on the stain it changes, so if we don't have your finish coat, we can't show you exactly how it will look. If you have any questions regarding color matching of any kind, please give us a call at 859-277-0521.
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