Basics of Colour Matching

Here at ColourServe we are aware that there are many outside influences that can interfere with the
colour matching process. As part of our commitment to top quality service and support we will provide
a weekly update on the the basics of colour matching, starting with the all important Viewing Cabinet.
Correct Method of Viewing Colour Samples:
1. Light source. Standardise on a light source suited to the environment in which the finished products is to be seen e.g. D65 (daylight). Make sure only this reference light is used for communicating colour and matching colour, although others can be used for specific other reasons e.g. identifying metameric materials. All lamps should be checked and replaced annually.
2. Internal paint colour. Standardise on an agreed paint e.g. G5574, Munsell N5 or N7 and ensure the internal surfaces are re-painted annually.
3. Observer viewing angle. Observers must view samples from an agreed angle e.g. 45 degrees. Check observers know where to stand to achieve this.
In addition:
No other objects within the cabinet
Samples must be places at the back of the cabinet and must be touching
Lights in the room being used must be switched off and no direct sunlight
No reflective clothing to be worn when assessing the samples

Next week we will talk about the Ishihara and Munsell 100 tests along with the importance of these in within the colour industry