• Step 4

    Step 4

    Place the 3M™ PPS™ Colour Match Film into the 3M™ PPS™ Colour Match Film holder, which you can magnetically attach to a suitable surface. Spray the paint onto the film (shade depending on primer and top coat colour), generating an opaque coating, followed by a clear coat application to achieve the final appearance to compare with.

Finding the right colour and shade using 3M™ PPS™ Colour Match Film


  • 3M™ PPS™ Colour Match Film, available in 3 shades of primer (white, medium grey, dark grey), is a thin self-adhesive film that can be applied onto any surface shape and thus allows a exact determination of the colour and shade for the final base coat.

     

    • self-adhesive film does not scratch surfaces as metal cards could do
    • opacity control provided by black 3M™ PPS™ print on film
    • colour check is possible to be done by one person, viewing the colour on the panel from angles and distance too

     

     

3M™ PPS™ Colour Check Light and Colour Match process

Shedding light on the colour matching process

  • The PPS™ Colour Check Light matches the spectrum of daylight.

    This portable light is designed to make colour matching and the refinish process faster and easier, providing near daylight conditions for colour matching, checking coverage and identifying post painting defects.

      

    • Bodyshops can replicate daylight conditions all the year round
    • Reduces the chance of costly rework caused by colour mismatch, poor coverage or metallic layout
    • Helps identify post-paint defects such as swirl marks, holograms and burn through

     

     

Step by Step Guide - identifying the correct colour and shade


  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Get the manufacturers colour code from the body chassis.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Polish the area next to the repair spot and compare the colour with the colour cards provided by your paint manufacturer. Alternatively, use the photospectrometre to identify colour and suggested formulation.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Select colour formulation and correct shade. Prepare the final colour according to formulation.

    Apply your selected base coat onto a sample panel, generating an opaque coating, followed by a clear coat application to achieve the final appearance to compare with.

  • Step 6

    Step 4

      Compare the colour with your target colour on the vehicle, using the 3M™ PPS™ Colour Check Light to bring outside daylight conditions to your repaired vehicle.

      The 3M™ PPS™ Colour Check Light operates in 2 modes:

      a) Low level - for lighter colours.

      b) High level - for dark colours (and swirl mark detection)

  • Step 7

    Step 5

    Once the correct colour and shade is found, store the 3M™ PPS™ Colour Match Film to build your personal paint-style library of colours and shades.


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