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Color Theory, Mixing Toners, and Tinting

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Platinum: $114.00
Gold Class: $114.00
Standard: $138.00

Prior Recommended Programs

  • Refinishing Equipment (REF01)
  • Refinishing Equipment (REF01e)
  • Surface Preparation and Masking (REF02)
  • Surface Preparation and Masking (REF02e)
  • Refinish Material Application and Blending (REF08e)

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

Please note: Effective September 22, 2014, REF08e and REF09 replaced REF03.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify how tri-coat finish affects color
    • Understand how metallics and pearls affect colors
    • Recognize how a refinish color formula is chosen
    • Explain how to mix toners to make the basecoat
    • Describe how to evaluate a sprayout panel to the vehicle
    • Distinguish items and practices used for tinting
    • Describe how to tint using color plotting

    Module 1 - Perception of Color
    The course opens with a description of basic concepts of color theory and how different lighting affects color perception. Color vision deficiency, as well as information on metallic, pearl and tri-coat effects are all discussed.

    Module 2 - Color Evaluation
    As the student moves through the course, he/she will learn about sun gun techniques. Matte finishes, color matching tools and color variance decks are discussed and reinforced during group activities. Students will also learn about color maps, electronic paint formulation systems and techniques to make sprayout panels for color evaluation and tri-coat finishes. As the second module continues, students will learn how to evaluate color based on value, hue and chroma. The second module concludes with an activity on value and color movement, and a discussion on metallic and pearl flop.

    Module 3 - Tinting
    This final module will discuss tinting, what tinting is, and if and when tinting is necessary. A series of color plotting activities will aide the students in understanding how to plot the refinish color to achieve a blendable match to the vehicle color.

    Course outline containing topics and subtopics.