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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:36 am 
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Today I learned that the Dulux paint mixing machine cannot output less than 15ml of any hue.

This is fine for 2.5L / 5L tubs as the recipes I guess are designed such that no hue is required at less than 15ml to generate the desired overall colour.

However, when scaled down to the little sample pots (250ml?), the recipes can require less than 15ml of a particular hue, e.g. 10ml of one hue. The machine cannot do this, so it puts in 15ml of that hue.

This means that the overall colour you can get in your sample pot can be noticeably darker / brighter than in the main pots.

I've had this on two separate occasions. The second time, it was outside my tolerance for the colour I wanted to paint, so took it back to complain. This was when I learned of the above limitations.

So note well, sample pots may not match the real colour by a significant gap. Though in theory you could get the effectively custom colour created by the sample pot scanned and recreated (although we tried this and it didn't work, not sure if that was human error though).

Anyone else found this?

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due to the way colours are mixed its easier to tint and correct a larger quantity, as you have more base to play with

I get automotive paint mixed from time to time, if its a standard colour in the system I can get any quantity, If it is colour matched its usually tinted by hand/eye with a min of 500ml of base

in the case of the machines its mixed all by the machine, It analyses what its given and can only blend certain quantities

A proper paint shop should be able to tint paint by hand

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My local paint shed (Brewers) seem to manage testers OK, dunno which machine they use though as they will mix dulux/crown/johnnos and their own brand stuff on the same machine.

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