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Old 05-13-2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Are color chips true to color

I see the Rose Beige appears to be lighter in the pictures posted than the color chips in the 2 color books. They look almost black in the chips. This has been a problem for other color chips too. Has this been a problem for anyone trying to pick a color?
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are color chips true to color

NO! As a newbie to the Barn I'd like to ask who and were CORRECT Model A Ford color paints can be bought. I know some tinting colors are being phased out and colors we uses to see are somewhat different IMO.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: Are color chips true to color

First off, the chips are about as accurate as you will find however understand this, ...it IS the standard by which the bar is being set. Also, there is a 3rd Revision to the book that uses grey as a background to assist the human eye with tinting.

PPG purchased Ditzler many years ago and has formulated the colors to their Ditzler chips. They can give their jobber the formula for a given line however very little emphasis has been made by them on the water-bourne paints yet. IMO, all the other paint companies who say they have the formula would really be chancy since they do not have the original formula/chip to compare to.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:17 PM   #4
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In confirmation of Brent's comment, the MAFCA Paint Chip Book DEFINES the colors' shade, regardless of other proofs until the Standards Committee accepts "the other proofs" of a color's shade.
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Default I the eye of the beholder.

Here are two pictures of the same paint chip from the Paint guide. The one on the left was taken with the original white background. The one on the right was taken with a DARK BLACK piece of fabric as a background. The camera does just about the same thing as your eye. When it sees the white background it closes the iris and the paint chip appears almost black. With a black background the iris opens and the chip appears to be much lighter in color. Notice that the dark black background in the picture on the right looks gray because the iris is letting in so much light. Both pictures were taken in full sunlight.

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Old 05-13-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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Default Re: Are color chips true to color

I remember using gray cards as references in the darkroom in high school. Seems like they were called "Photo Gray" or something like that. Maybe such a card would make an appropriate neutral background for evaluating the color chips.

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