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Even when all the rules, steps and corresponding instructions have been followed concerning possible shades, it may happen that the mixed color shade does not exactly match the vehicle color.

In these cases, shading must be done. Because there is no fixed formula for this, experience and a trained eye are important. Some rules must be followed for shading.

NOTE: Self-made color sample plates of the current colors are very helpful for determining the color shade. Refer to the chapter Color Determination and Color Theory.

  • When shading, if possible only use the paint mixture that is also allotted in the color shade formula
  • Observe the rules concerning contrary colors (complementary colors) and partner colors according to the Oswald color circle.
  • Complementary colors are not recommended during shading because they mutually inhibit and lead to muddy mixtures.

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