Checking Color

Inspecting for color correctness is a more difficult process. A color can appear quite different when viewed under different lights. This can mean problems if you want to match the color of a new piece to an existing one under all conditions. The best solution is to outfit your finish area with incandescent lights, cool white flu-orescents, and 6.500-degree color-corrected fluores-cents, which simulate daylight. That way you can see how the piece will react under all types of lighting.

To match a new project to an old one, inspect a part from the existing project in the room where the piece will reside. Note the type of lighting in the room, including daylight. Then bring the part back to your shop and match it, working under lighting that is similar to the piece's final home.

If you can get the existing part and the new piece to match under all three types of lighting separately, you won't have to worry about color changes if the pieces are moved to different lighting conditions. When this isn't practical, just make sure that your work and the older piece match under the type of lighting in which they will be viewed.

Light set at 60 degrees and pointing toward you reflects on a surface. This reveals imperfections such as brush marks and orange peel.

Light set behind you reveals dust and other particles suspended \ in the finish.

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