New SMART Paint Colour Matching Service

Written by Andy Potts - Ultrimax - 12/04/23

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Ultrimax Launches a New SMART Paint Colour Matching Service for Unrivalled Colour Accuracy

At Ultrimax, we know that precision colour-matching is crucial for our customers. Whether refinishing a product or spraying bespoke colour kitchen units, colour accuracy matters. That's why we've updated our colour-matching system with the latest SMART technology and made a few other changes to give our customers the perfect colour every time.


The advantages of SMART paint colour matching technology

Our new colour-matching system brings tinting laboratory-level accuracy to our customers but at a much lower cost.

How does it work?

It couldn't be a simpler process for our customers.

  1. Provide us with a sample of the colour you need to match by popping into our trade desk or sending it in the post. It could be a panel (maybe not by post!), a piece of wood, a swatch or even a colour from a photo or magazine.
  2. We scan the colour with a spectrophotometer gun, which sends data to our formulation software. The system works to a tolerance of 0.5 (very close to zero perfect match).
  3. Our paint technician can then finetune the tint if necessary, either by auto-matching with our machine or manually matching. In most cases, we will manually match to control the types of colourant used and get the best possible match.


1. Spectro Analyser Checks The Paint Match

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2. Exact Formula Matches Created To Produce A "Perfect Fit" Final Choice

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3. Batch Records Kept To Make Forward Ordering Easier and Faster For the Customer

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Consistent colour every time for repeat account customers

Say goodbye to those 'off' colour matches when you repeat an order. Our new system allows us to draw down and spray out a sample from the original colour match so we can keep a physical record for you. The next time you order, we'll pull out the spray-off paint card and check the new colour order against the original batch.

We can do the same for retail customers and branded colours too. So, for example, if a joiner asks us for a regular supply of Little Greene Slaked Lime Medium, we can scan the colour into the system and then draw down every month or so to show that we are matching that colour as closely as possible.


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White colour base matching for near-perfect batch-to-batch rates

In addition to upgrading our system to tinting lab quality technology, we have switched from using a white base to a clear base for colour matching.


Most colour-matching services use a white base because adding colourant to an already white base is cheaper than using a clear base. However, white bases vary in shade and tone from batch to batch, which is bad news for repeat orders.

So, we now begin with a clear base to which we add colour droplets, including white. This process is more costly than using a white base, but the colour match is far more accurate and consistent between batches.

Contact us on 01302 856666, email us or visit our trade counter for more information or to order that perfect match!

Our Location for Drop Off Colour Matching

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Need More Help With Smart Paint Colour Matching?

Have peace of mind that you are choosing a paint manufacturer capable of perfectly matching to your requirments with the latest technology in backup.

Call: 01302 856666


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