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New Color Matching Bluetooth Tool Review: Color Muse


By sataneatscheese

17 days ago



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#1 17 days ago

BLUF: Color Muse Tool Isn’t Worth It, See Photos

I always make an effort to leave vintage pinball machines nicer than I found them when I rotate them through my basement, and part of that work is touching up the cabinet. I have slowly and methodically mixed up many batches of paint that are close, but not perfect. I was excited when I heard about a new color matching tool I could connect to my phone.

amazon.com link »

I bought one for $80 and was excited to finally try it out on my Torpedo Alley yesterday. The tool connects via Bluetooth to your phone, and with the press of a button will tell you the exact color of any paint, so long as it is the size of a quarter or larger. Not only that, but the app it comes with will give you the closest match in any brand of paint you would like. I chose Vaspar brand paint, because they have it at Lowes, and I can get a sample of anything (in Satin Only) for $3.98. Armed with my paint tools, I went and purchased 4 paints for my Torpedo Alley, the Red, Blue, and white of the cabinet and some new blue for my Earthshaker. Now I can get an exact match for any machine I want, and share the paint codes with other pinball nerds… neat!

I got the new paint home and color match swabs it said were right and… its… not even close. The pictures below will show you how close the “perfect matches” were. A bit of paint spilled in the bag and I couldn’t tell which blue was which, but the touch up paint on the front will show you how close the blue for Earthshaker and Torpedo alley were (I used a bit of both) to the cabinet color when dried.

I will say that the device picked the exact same color every time, but the color match is way off. I am going to play around with calibration and see if that helps any, but the moral of the story is that the Color Muse DOES NOT make a close enough match for cabinet touch ups.

I did use the colors it produced and tweaked them a bit to get closer matches, but it does not eliminate the artistry from the work.

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#2 17 days ago

I bring the machine down to the store and have them scan it.

Yes I'm nuts. Usually just the backbox will do.

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#3 17 days ago

I used the Nix colour scanner and got good results: https://www.nixsensor.com.

I brought the head into my local Dulux paint store and they actually used a Nix as well.

I used the RGB mode and plugged these into the Golden Color Mixer for playfield touchups: https://education.goldenpaints.com/mixer
Not always perfect (I didn't mix by weight so probably my mix was not quite correct) but gets you 98% of the way there.

#4 17 days ago

I use the Sherwin Williams version of this. Looks identical.

Love it!

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