Painting and Color Matching Services
Use in association with “visual models”
These services are often combined with other model making services such as those for producing “Visual Models”.
But, we also provide this as a stand alone service, where production or pre-production parts (provided by the
client) are painted as per the new color specifications. These molded parts are then assembled into units (functional
or nonfunctional), and may be used during sales meetings, design meetings, or for focus study groups.
We also provide this service to change colors which have been applied to models supplied by other model shops,
which may be incorrect color, off-color, wrong gloss levels, or poor finish.
The preferred color specification system that we use is the Pantone Matching System’s “Coated stock” colors (PMS
C colors), however we can also match to any client provided sample.
We match by eye, under a selection of common light types: fluorescent warm and cool, incandescent, daylight and
other combinations depending upon specified need. Variations in light source will greatly affect the color
appearance on a model; say, if viewed under fluorescent conference room lights, as compared to outdoor daylight.
Some paints and source chips will be a direct match under one light source, and not under another, this is due to
the material substrate, how reflected light is modified by this substrate, and by the pigment types used for
compounding in different paint systems. We prefer to match to the expected light type within the viewing
Also, be aware that PMS and other color systems are based upon “Ink application systems” and not “Paint systems”,
therefore much of the color brightness is produced by the white paper under a transparent ink.
Among different paint systems such as Acrylics, Enamel, Acrylic Lacquer, or Polyurethane, different pigments are
used to manufacture the base colors, so certain colors may not be possible to mix exactly (especially if near the
extreme primary ends of the color spectrum). We utilize an Acrylic Lacquer paint system for the majority of our
work because of color saturation, reduced drying time, better masking capability, and the ability to provide texture in
a wider array of finishes.
Models with multiple paint color applications:
We use two approaches, the first and most preferable is to have any parts with natural dividing lines fabricated as
discrete parts, and thus painted separately. These are then assembled after drying.
Alternatively, masking can be applied over previously painted (but thoroughly dry) color coats, so that multiple
colors can be built-up directly on the model surface, forming the color separations. The best approach for a given
project will be accessed during the project review and quotation.
Graphics and Logo applications:
We utilize custom made transfer lettering materials for the application of custom logos, lettering, graphics, or other
tight tolerance visual applications. The client is required to provide the graphic artwork in the correct size and
format (Adobe Illustrator .ai files are preferred), as well as color specification (PMS color callout).
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