You will obtain a step-by-step explanation for color retrieval using the Color Profi System (short CPS). The Color Profi System METALLIC (CPSM) and UNI (CPSU) is a practical system consisting of thousands of color chips coated with original paint that are used for solid-color and metallic refinishing.
COLOR PROFI SYSTEM
COLOR PROFI SYSTEM WITH TROLLEY
ABSTRACT SEARCH WITHOUT TROLLEY
ABSTRACT SEARCH WITH TROLLEY
Color retrieval using the Color Profi System METALLIC and UNI
The Color Profi System chips match thousands of colors. One color chip may represent at least two or more different car manufacturers’ colors.
Color Profi System
Thanks to the unique classification by color group, you can use the CPS to compare the color directly to the car. This will help you find the right color faster and substantially reduce the number of off-color paint mixtures.
and Color check
Information on a color chip
Information on the back of a color chip (Remark: Barcode currently has no function.)
Example: CPS3M MM138.72 VW LA1X TITANIUM BEIGE MET
The first letter of the chip shows the identification of the color type.
M = Metallic and/or pearl-effect color
S = Solid color
The second letter shows the identification of the color direction.
A = achromatic; B = blue; G = green; M = maroon/beige; Y = yellow; V = violet
The second letter of mat and/or textured color chips is always an “F” followed by an additional letter for the color direction, for example.: FA / FB / FG / FR
If this sign "#" is displayed next to a color chip, it means Color Chip is currently in production and will be available with the new update.
The Color Profi System (CPS) is clustered in two different systems:
Color Profi System Uni - suitable for mixing in:
- Glasurit 22 Line topcoat
- 90 Line waterborne basecoat
- 55 Line solventborne basecoat
Color Profi System Metallic - suitable for mixing in:
- 55 Line solventborne basecoat
- 90 Line waterborne basecoat
HOW IS THE COLOR CODE / MIXING FORMULA IDENTIFIED?
There are different options for identifying the right color code/mixing formula
The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) code is a code provided by the manufacturer. This “color code” is normally located on the vehicle (e.g., type plate) or in the vehicle documents. Not all manufacturers make these color codes available. If this is the case, the color code can be identified via the Vehicle Identification number (VIN) through the local dealership or by using a suitable database system such as “Audatex” or “Schwacke”.
If the color code is available, the color can be retrieved from:
- GLASURIT COLOR ONLINE
- Profit Manager Starter
- Profit Manager
- Profit Manager Pro
Profit Manager Pro search function using the example of VW LA1X
- Color Online App
Color Online App
by typing the code in the "Code" field.
Before starting the color search, select your personal settings regarding the Color Tool (which system is used).
Screenshot of setting function in GLASURIT COLOR ONLINE
Screenshot of setting function in PROFIT MANAGER
Here you will find detailed information about how to make personal settings and what advantages they offer:
- PROFIT MANAGER - COLOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
e.g., LA1X or via Wild Card search “*” function e.g., *LA*
dropdown list of car manufacturer, e.g., Volkswagen
dropdown list of years of production, e.g., 2012
dropdown list of PAINT LINES, e.g., Glasurit 90 Line
dropdown list of color gloss levels, e.g., high gloss
dropdown list of color names, e.g., “TITANIUM BEIGE MET”
Enter color name:
via Wild Card search “*” function, e.g., *TITANIUM*
dropdown list of models of manufacturers, e.g., TOURAN
dropdown list of appl. areas of the vehicle, e.g., MAIN BODY
dropdown list of color groups, e.g., SILVER + BEIGE
dropdown list of color types, e.g., effect (metallic)
These search criteria should be used in a combination of at least two different criteria to produce any usable results.
Add all of the information that you have about the vehicle (See the following two pictures).
- After entering all known information (1.),
- start the color search (2.).
- The more information you provide for the search, the more specific the search and the fewer possible solutions are displayed. Choose the color (3.)
- and the paint line (4.).
- You will find all available solutions on the lower right (5.).
If a color chip is linked to the listed solutions, this is also displayed on the lower right (5.) and can be picked up from the cabinet immediately.
Profit Manager search function
Furthermore, the execution of a completely abstract search is possible only with the help of the Color Tools.
- For this, pick out some Color Tool Swatches from the cabinet, which are similar at first glance, the hue of the vehicle.
- Compare these Color chips directly to the vehicle.
- If one the selected color chips fits the vehicle then you can mix or select this formula by typing in the chip number or code into the color media.
Example for abstract color search via Color Tool
Note the 10 steps for correct color identification (point "Color evaluation / comparison with vehicle" in the table of contents).
WHAT DO THE OPTIONS/VARIANTS MEAN?
The “Standard” formula shows the original color and the color defined as standard.
40 is a darker variant of this color compared to the color defined as standard (in this example, the variant 40 is linked to the color chip MM138.7250).
Further variants are also possible. The numbers provide information about the deviation compared to the color defined as standard:
|20 = coarser 70 = green|
|30= finer 80= red|
|40= darker 90= lighter|
|50= bluer A0= dirtier|
|60= yellow B0= cleaner|
A combination of numbers/variants is also possible for e.g., 95 = lighter / bluer
44 = darker than variant 40.
Take the swatch with the relevant Color Profi System chips and compare them to the car.
Depiction of different color swatches
The CPS color chip must be held against the panel/vehicle part and inspected from different angles to establish whether the selected CPS chip matches all the different views, at least 2 different light sources and is suitable for matching the vehicle being repaired.
Note: Color, as light reflected off the painted substrate, can be influenced by poor or incorrect lighting conditions. The color identification must therefore be performed under different lighting conditions (sunlight /daylight).
Note: In order to ensure a long service life and consequently an optimum color reference, the CPS chips must be kept away from humidity (water, cleaning agents, etc.) and dirt.
Here you will find all the information you need about how to prepare a sprayout sample and how to compare a CPS reference or sprayout card to the vehicle:
- BASIC KNOWLEDGE - COLOR
Here you will find all the information you need about the different lamps for proper lighting conditions:
- BASIC KNOWLEDGE - BODYSHOP EQUIPMENT
COLOR EVALUATION / COMPARISON WITH VEHICLE
The ten steps for correct color identification:
Ten steps for correct color identification
Graphical representation how to use the Color Profi System