The professionals at Sto take color very seriously as demonstrated in our recent series on color. From Sto Studio to the Sto Color Lab, the company’s commitment to refined design is clearly demonstrated by the many resources it devotes to the art and science of color.
In addition to learning color theory at the Sto Tint School and how to best help customers realize their color requirements, Sto employees are also trained in tint product care and storage. Colorant, for instance, should be stored in a warm space — 65 degrees is the minimum – and automated dispensers should have a ceramic space heater with a thermostat blowing inside the cabinet to ensure the proper care and storage of colorant. Mixing colorant correctly is as critical as its storage, and is also an important part of employee training, as are equipment use and maintenance.
Basic dispenser and jet mixer instruction at the Sto Tint School includes calibration guidelines. Calibration is an important, but simple test to ensure a machine is dispensing colorant at an acceptable level of accuracy. Sto recommends using a digital cigar-box style pocket scale to calibrate properly.
The Sto color tech experts, recommend calibration twice a year, or any time you suspect one or more canisters has become unreliable. They even offer a video on tinting equipment calibration — one of many demonstration videos in the Sto website video gallery. The Machine Technology section of the video gallery offers clips on mixing and storing color product, as well as basic maintenance such as changing a seal on a tinting machine.
Sto produces world class color finishes and coatings, but handling these products properly and understanding them turns these superior quality color products into exceptional works of beauty that manifest technological prowess in the built environment.