Youi can pretty much totally forget about trying to match an actual paint sample to a picture on the internet. At all. Ever, period, not gonna happen. All monitors and cameras are not created equal and nobody is taking the time to calibrate their camera and photos just to take pics for Defendersource. Even if they did, your monitors calibration would have to be done the same way in order to get even close. The end result is that you have to match the actual paint draw to an actual truck, or a part of the truck that has been protected from sunlight, such as inside the toolbox, behind the dash, or under the rear floormats.
Lighting makes a huge difference as well. Outdoor sunlight will be your best bet for rendering of color- all the color wavelengths are in the light source. The LED or Fluorescent lights inside your paint store are terrible for color matching, there are colors that just aren't in there, and so they don't render. The colors can look identical when you are under such an artificial source, but look totally different outside.
Indoor halogen/incandescent lighting is pretty good since it is a complete spectrum, but colors are best matched under the lighting where they will be viwed most often.
Originally Posted by WBSurfer
In looking into paint code for Arles blue it looks like there were some other names for the same color. Windjammer is one of the other names. The code is the same so I'd imagine the color would obviously be the same. My question more is focused around the color variations that I see so frequently as "Arles blue". It seems when the paint is mixed to code that the actual paint appears darker than when looking at actual Arles blue trucks. Looking at the paint and then looking at pics of a stock NAS Arles blue truck....the colors seem considerably different.
Curious if the paint lightens up once applied and settles or if there really are some variances in this color. Of course the type of paint and who mixes adds to the discrepancy but for sake of this thread let's assume the paint and person mixing did it correctly.