Pantone Colors and Plastic Parts

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  • July 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm #31847

    Got a guy that makes led lighting that needs the sides of the light strip covers painted. they are 1″ wide by xxft long. injection molged peices. he says they are polyurethane plastic.
    film build needs to be thin and the paint needs to stick to this stuff. I’m thinking adhesion promoter then some striping enamels as the paint. SS would likely work as well but a little concered about the film thickness.
    Also his customer has specified certian Pantone #’s for the colors. Without spending thousands on pantone color books, where can I get samples so I can match them in whatever paint we decided to go with?

    July 24, 2011 at 1:17 am #31854

    ding, not sure which paint mfg you use. i know basf has pantone formulas in the smartrack software. it is hit or mis though. they have alot of them but not all. i can mix them in diamont so i assume glasurit also. if not you can get a pantone color book. they are not a ton of money. about $75 last i checked. pantone is most widely used in the sign industry and by graphic artists. if you have photoshop on your computer there are color swatches/lbraries on there matched to pantone. you can simply pick the color and be able to see it on your monitor. you would want a pantone solid coated library or color deck.

    July 24, 2011 at 5:15 am #31857

    thanks Jim. Thats pretty much the info I needed. Didnt get much chance yet to look for chip books or anything. I went on Pantones web site and the color books I saw were in the thousands of dollars :wak . and the little samples that they showed weren’t big enough to try and match. Dont have photoshop, but I have the coral graphics suite which should have the colors as well i’m guessing. Now just to figure out pricing :whistle:

    July 25, 2011 at 7:08 am #31884

    ding, i use coreldraw x3 and unfortunately it does not normally come with a pantone palette. it has to be bought or downloaded from somewhere and added to the program as a plugin. i dont really know about that since i have never done it. go on ebay and search for “pantone book” there are a couple on there for under $30.

    July 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm #31889

    Checked out smarttrack and none of the colors they are looking for are on there. found chip books online. just hate to spend the money without knowing if the colors they spec’d are in there.
    sent an email to the customer to try and get me the samples.

    July 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm #31890

    yeah thats what i would do really. just put it in the customer’s hands. pantone is for printing anyway and doesn’t really transfer over to the paint world all that easily so let him deal with it. let me know how it all works out for you.

    July 29, 2011 at 3:45 am #31947

    Looks like we are going with a semigloss white 🙂 Grey scotch pad, A/P and single stage seem to do the trick. Might do a light coat of white epoxy first just for added assurance

    July 29, 2011 at 4:38 am #31949

    Ha, all that about pantone colors and now its just white. Well that keeps it simple

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