What does the color code mean?
1. The first part of the code is the Product, it could be a Number or a Name
and is followed by a dash. A couple of examples are:
795-12345-1 = In this example, 795 is the product.
CWS-9361-1 = In this example, CWS (Contractors Weatherproofing Sealant) is the
2. The second part of the code is the Custom Color Number. This Custom Color
Number will have a dash before and after the number. If this number ends with a
"M", this means the maximum amount of pigment that can be used in a
Custom Color has been used for this Custom Color Match. There will also be
times that a Custom Color will need to be rematched because the customer did
not like the match supplied by the Color Lab. When a rematch is performed an
"A" will be added to the end of the Custom Color number. If more than
one rematch is needed to get an approved Custom Color Match, then the next
letter in the alphabet will replace the existing letter not going higher than
"F". A couple of examples are:
790-12187-1 = In this example, 12187 is the Custom Color Number
791-15153M-1 = In this example, 15153M is the Custom Color Number (This color
has the maximum pigment allowed)
756 SMS-12215A-1 = In this example, 12215A is the Custom Color number (This
color has been matched 2 times)
CCS-12683MB-1 = In this example, 12683MB is the Custom Color Number (This color
has the maximum pigment allowed and has been matched 3 times)
3. The third part of the Color Code is the Information Code and it follows
the second dash. At this time Dow Corning only utilizes the Code "1"
and Code "2". Code "1" means there are no restrictions and this
color should be able to run on most operations and use most packaging
components. Code "2" cannot meet the advertised "Color It
Right" 3 day turn around.
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