Paint chips are smal color samples, each different, some with refined variations that are commonly unnoticed until held side-by-side. Normally, to the untrained eye, it is quite hard to believe that a car painted red, silver or even the most basic white or black can have numerous variations. Fan decks, a conventional color tool made up of a series of related paint chips, emphasize these slight differences by creating a range of colors in just a single tool.
Knowing the significance of this long-established resource, Axalta Coating Systems, a key manufacturer of powder and liquid coatings, worked to produce what it claims as one of the most state-of-the-art fan deck systems on the market. With the debut of new fan deck systems for its Standox® Standocryl® Basecoat and Spies Hecker® Permacron® 293/295 Series paint systems, Axalta raised the standard for the industry’s quality standard. Organization, paint chip size, housing and the cover of each fan deck system were redesigned in order to simplify the selection of the best starting point for color matching.
According to Service King’s Gary Rajter, a 34-year veteran of the auto body industry, utilizing the new Spies Hecker variant deck for the last month has given him the most accurate color matches to date. “Axalta’s drive for continuous improvement is why I remain a loyal customer.”
Meanwhile, Scott Speakman, Axalta’s Color Fan Deck Manager, said that Axalta knows that when selecting a color, it is the visual appeal that forces a painter to use a fan deck. “Holding and seeing each paint chip enables ease of use, precision and efficiency. The new fan deck systems’ color accuracy and real-life representation help painters like Rajter to be confident in their matches.”
Axalta constantly develops some of the most cutting-edge color products and tools available in today’s marketplace to enable optimal productivity for every customer.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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