Sherwin Williams Ultra 7000 Paint System
When we tell folks we use Sherwin Williams paints the first question we get is “Are you going to put house paint on our car?” Of course our answer is “No”. We are going to use Auto Body Paint. Sherwin Williams has been in the coatings industry for almost 150 years. From houses to industrial finishes they manufacture paint for all applications. We have used their automotive line for over 12 years. What sets Sherwin Williams Automotive apart from the competition is their support of companies like ours. They understand our success is their success and they go to amazing lengths to make sure we are positioned to be the best in our market.
For you techies this next part is quite nifty… Let’s begin by understanding how the manufacturers build cars. Honda for example manufacturers Accords in both Japan and the United States. If you VIN # (vehicle identification number) begins with a “J” it is made in the Japan. If it begins with “1” the vehicle is made in the United States. Not all blue cars are made in Japan or the United States. Both are made in each country. What does this have to do with color match? Think about this for a minute. The paint that is being sprayed on the car in Japan and the paint that is being sprayed on the cars in the United States cannot be the exact same color. It is impossible. They will have the same paint code but variations in the process exist. So what happens when the cars get to the hands of the owners? Paint manufacturers are given a panel to create their formula by. It would make most sense for Honda to reveal the color formula they used but like every other auto manufacturer they do not do that. They provide a standard (pre painted panel) to each paint manufacturer and it is up to them to create the formula. We are coming around the block so stick with me a bit longer… Sherwin creates the primary color based on the panel provided by Honda but realizes there are variations to that color. Next Sherwin creates “alternates” that are similar to the original but may be slightly lighter or darker some might be greener or bluer. There can be as many as 15 “alternates” to a specific color code. These “alternates” give us what we call a blendable match. This is where matching your paint is critical. Sherwin provides us with a computerized mixing system that allows us to upload our latest mix formulas. Likewise, almost every user of Sherwin’s automotive paint in the United States and around the world have the same system. Like us, they are mixing paint every day. Their formulas are uploaded to Sherwin’s main system then updated to us daily. This provides us with the latest mix formulas on primary and alternate colors. So when our experienced painters look into the system they have a better idea of the most “mixed” color formula based on the VIN and are able to get to their “mixed formula” quicker. What does this mean to you the customer? The best paint matching system available right at our fingertips!
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