Whether it’s color selection – and who doesn’t want help with that? – more product information or just finding something in the store, learning how to navigate an app can make your day more productive and maybe introduce you to new concepts before everyone else finds them! The apps below are designed for the pro painter and crew to help with communication –either with vendors, customers or each other – and product or color selection.
The Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio™, in conjunction with the Benjamin Moore-branded ColorReader device by Datacolor, make expert-grade tools available for professionals on mobile devices. Compatible with iOS and Android, the Color Portfolio app supplements physical color tools using augmented reality that lets you access Benjamin Moore colors from wherever you are. Color Portfolio features virtual fan decks, accurate photo and video visualizers, and renderings that use innovative technology to apply Benjamin Moore color to surfaces in real time, allowing users to “try on” colors, save selections and share images instantly.
The ColorReader is connected to the Color Portfolio app so you can immediately and accurately color match interior and exterior flat surfaces and materials to more than 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors. Place the device on the desired flat surface to take a color measurement, and the app will display the three closest paint color matches.
The app is available to download free on Apple and Android mobile devices. The Benjamin Moore ColorReader (MSRP $99) and ColorReader Pro (MSRP $249) are available for purchase at select Benjamin Moore retailers and online http://colorreader.datacolor.com.
Datacolor’s ColorReader mobile app allows professional painters to match a client’s color inspiration to a corresponding paint color in seconds. The mobile app provides everything you and your crew need to match colors, work with fan decks and create palettes on an iPhone or Android smart phone.
The app works in tandem with the ColorReaderPRO – an ultraportable, Bluetooth® connected color selection device that provides industry-leading matching with a success rate of more than 95% on popular fan decks including Behr, Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, PPG, Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, NCS, RAL and other paint brands.
Pro painters can use the app and device to help customers decide on paint color faster, identify paint colors that customers find on everyday objects and even substitute colors from your go-to brands. datacolor.com
Dunn-Edwards InstaColor iD is a color matching tool that allows professional painters and designers to quickly determine the color of almost any surface. The compact, handheld device is preloaded with all 1,996 colors in the brand’s Perfect Palette color system and instantly suggests the top three corresponding colors along with RGB, CMYK, Delta E and Hex colors. It’s also available as an app.
“This is a huge timesaver for pros who are helping their clients get just the right color,” said Sara McLean, color expert for Dunn-Edwards. “At the press of a button, they can determine the best color matches and then go to the fan deck and start sampling.” She points out that while InstaColor iD is highly accurate, Dunn-Edwards always recommends applying color samples to the surface being painted for viewing in various light situations.
Identify a color anywhere by pairing the tool with an app on your iOS or Android device. “It can be used on a previously painted wall or décor item such as a pillow or vase,” McLean said. “With InstaColor iD, you can find coordinating colors, build palettes, and save and share projects.” InstaColor ID is available for $89.99 in any DunnEdwards store or authorized dealer or can be ordered online.
Graco’s BlueLink connects the people and equipment that drive your business in a completely new way. Whether you’re on a jobsite, at the office or anywhere in between, BlueLink gives you the powerful data you need, on demand, every day. The app allows you to track job progress and monitor hourly productivity with real-time jobsite access. Also, you can connect BlueLink to the Sherwin-Williams Pro App (also described in this article) to easily manage paint and supply deliveries for your crews so they keep spraying.
Maximize uptime with the ability to monitor preventive maintenance schedules, receive maintenance alerts and check complete historical maintenance records on every sprayer. If needed, you can easily look up service parts on your sprayer with Graco Parts Book.
BlueLink is free to use, with no monthly fees. It’s available on most Graco electric sprayers, can support one to500 sprayers and is available in nine languages. Learn more and download the app at graco.com/bluelink
Download the Home Depot mobile app to your iPhone, iPad or Android device to save time and money and stay organized. The store map helps you find items in the exact aisle and bay. You can also chat with an online associate to get immediate assistance. Use the bar code lookup to find detailed information on a product or visualize what an item will actually look like in your space with a 3D image. Make shopping lists you can’t lose, and keep track of your receipts and orders. You’ll also get notification of Home Depot’s Special Buy of the Day and other promotions, including bulk purchasing and pro-exclusive offers. HomeDepot.com
The Mi-T-M Corporation knows the importance of putting information in its customers’ hands. “We’ve worked hand in hand with paint pros for several decades now,” said Don Holdridge, national paint division manager, “and they have been a valuable resource to us.” As a result, the company launched the Mi-T-M Mobile Pro to give you to product-specific information directly on your mobile devices. A custom decal, applied to all Mi-T-M products, contains a QR code that can be easily scanned to allow access to the product manuals and parts list for that very machine. How-to videos can be viewed right on a mobile device, and a service center locator allows you to quickly find help if you need it. www.mitm.com
From “Color of the Year” trends to “Top 10 Tones” lists, there are many options for a homeowner to choose from, but often the question that comes to the contractor is, “What color should we paint?” With the Nix Mini and the free Chip app, contractors never have to worry about this question again.
By adding Nix and Chip to your toolkit, you add a color matching device and software that let you bring inspiration from real life into your clients’ projects. Just place your Nix Mini on any surface, then scan its color to find the paint match from all the top brands with your Chip app. Your clients can explore similar colors, harmonizing shades and more, and all of their color selections can be saved and shared in the app. The end result? Your clients are choosing their own colors with confidence and ease, and you can focus on getting the job done. www.nixsensor.com
The PPG Color Reader, a portable device that fits in the palm of your hand and is powered by Nix technology, allows professional contractors, facility managers and interior designers to instantly determine the closest color match of various surfaces. The PPG Color Reader links to the PPG PAINTS app on your mobile phone, allowing you to match wall, carpet, tile, fabrics, wallpaper and other paint colors to the closest color in the PPG Paints palette. “The app allows users to efficiently organize, save and share colors with others via text or email,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager.
The device allows you to quickly identify existing paint colors for easy color matching or to find colors that seamlessly integrate into other décor in a home or commercial setting. Facility managers also benefit from the timesaving tool, as they can quickly identify previous or new paint color palettes that match existing settings or brands, allowing them greater flexibility to tackle other building operation tasks. To get the Color Reader, visit your local PPG Paints store or PPG independent retailer. www.ppgpaints.com
The Sherwin-Williams PRO app allows you to simplify your business by providing online advantages while on the job. You can sign up with a mySW profile and download the app for a fully personalized experience. The app can assist with fast and easy online ordering, checking inventory and pricing, and other features, including:
The app is available on iPhone and Android for every contractor with a mySW profile. sherwin-williams.com/pro