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System for On-Demand Printing of Custom Large Paint Swatches

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000131150D
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 26K

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Abstract

The invention is to use a color printer in the paint or hardware store to print full-size sheets of paper in the customer's desired color, in effect producing a large paint swatch on demand. This would allow the customer to cover a large area of their wall with the trial color without painting it.

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System for On-Demand Printing of Custom Large Paint Swatches

Customers buying paint at paint or hardware stores typically select paint colors based on examining a fixed set of small printed paint chips or swatches. Many hardware stores will also mix paint in custom colors, selling the customer a small can to use to test it. 

In order to try out a color of wall paint, for example, whether a standard color or a custom-mixed color, the customer either buys a small quantity and paints it on the wall, or takes home a small paper swatch, tapes it on the wall, and tries to estimate how the whole wall would look. 

The invention is to use a color printer in the paint or hardware store to print full-size sheets of paper in the customer’s desired color, in effect producing a large paint swatch on demand.  This would allow the customer to cover a large area of their wall with the trial color without painting it.  The printer would use toner colors selected to be able to best match the paint colors available.  Paint manufacturers might pay for this system to be installed in large retail paint outlets, featuring toners and a color management system that support only their line of paints.  The novel aspects of this invention are:

1)         On-demand printing of color paint swatches for custom-mixed paints

2)         On-demand printing of large-sized color paint swatches

A software application would be developed to print one or more large rectangles of color on shee...