The Color Helper offers a new method to assist in selecting color, or more importantly, how to match the right color or color combination for integral or color staining of concrete to the property owner's desires at the jobsite.
the Color Helper turns the potentially stressful, time-consuming task of field color matching into an opportunity to look like a consummate color professional.
This hand-held device is used in the field to measure a surface's color. Contractors can measure color on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Until recently, designers and contractors in the paint industry had been the primary users of the device, but it is now finding acceptance in concrete.
It is simple to use, yet offers timesaving features, including its ability to read a surface and identify colors that closely match. When looking to find a match to an existing color, such as a wall, ceramic tile, or other colored sample, contractors simply hold this hand-held device onto the surface for two seconds. The unit will search through its database of known colors to find the closest possible matching reference to your favored stain or pigment supplier.
If this is not a close enough match for the job, you can extend your search to a list of thousands of color options from dozens of color collections that can be custom-formulated to your specific needs. The Color Helper comes pre-loaded with palettes from most suppliers, including NewLook, Davis Colors, Scofield, and Solomon Colors. It also includes the palettes from major paint companies such as Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, and Behr.
The Color Helper has additional functions to help contractors assist customers select colors that work well together. The device will determine if any two colors should not be used together. It also provides a list of alternative colors using ambiance color harmony technology. Color Helper recommends from the vast range of available options, only those colors that are in harmony with the colors you measure."
The device offers another useful function. In its Compare mode, contractors can measure how colors may be different. It helps avoid subjective arguments about whether the color used in the finished product really is different to the color on the color chip. Contractors can use the feature to check a finished project against the project's mock-up. It can avoid the common "that's not how I thought it would look" complaint.
The device runs on a nine-volt battery and may be updated by connecting a data cable to a computer. Software enables downloads of all the manufacturers' databases, as well as Hue View software that displays the color matches and color schemes on a PC screen.