Smart Tools

The most advanced color matching system in the industry

BASF has always been the leader when it comes to providing color information. Our global color information database allows immediate access to formulas developed in laboratories strategically located throughout the world. In addition to the color information database, COLOR-MAX© III, COLOR-MAX®mobile2, color books, our Antique Color CD and other color selection tools bring you an entire world of color matching, right at your fingertips!

COLOR-MAX©

The best keeps getting better!
The COLOR-MAX tools from BASF Refinish have always been on the leading edge when it comes to quality and innovation. COLOR-MAX units come with a comprehensive selection of laboratory verified paint color chips–providing you with the most advanced color matching system in the industry in terms of accuracy, color range and ease-of-use.

COLOR-MAX 3
COLOR-MAX 3

For quick and accurate color matches, each COLOR-MAX 3 chip is sprayed with high-quality BASF paint. Designed specifically for the automotive market, BASF's colorists and designers developed this system to be easy-to-use in the shop.

When used in conjunction with SmartTRAK® and SmartSCAN®, COLOR-MAX 3 becomes the most sophisticated color management system available in the industry.

Now, color matching is faster, easier and more accurate than ever!


COLOR-MAX® mobile2
COLOR-MAX® mobile2

How do you make the best color-matching tool even better? Make it mobile!
Convenient, accurate, solid color chips are now available in an easy-to-store mobile format. COLOR-MAX mobile2 is a compact and portable tool that gives you all the power of COLOR-MAX right in the palm of your hand. Now you can take 531 chips with you right to the car. All chips can be easily compared to the vehicle with up to five colors on a single swatch.

  • Our advanced design includes a larger range of white, red and black color chips. The deck contains the whitest whites and the deepest jet-blacks available in refinish technology today.
  • Each chip has a hole in the center to allow easier viewing against a painted surface and the innovative case opens the deck past 90 degrees for easier maneuverability.

Color Chip Books
Color Chip Books

BASF is the world's largest chemical company and our global experience and expertise in the original equipment market has helped us develop coatings solutions for the commercial vehicle segment.

We understand the unique demands of the Fleet and Industrial markets and have products and application to suit your specific needs.


Fleet Selector
Fleet Selector

Assisting with all your color identification needs
BASF publishes a color chip book annually with actual paint chips for main body, accent, interior, stripe, under-the-hood and vehicle wheels. All known colors, including carry-overs, are included in each annual edition.

Each publication contains an extensive collection of "related color information" describing the relationship between the main body color and associated ancillary colors. Also included is information regarding the placement of the vehicle color identification tag.

Antique Color Chip CD
Antique Color Chip CD

Find the correct color for your antique restoration project Do you need to repair an older vehicle and can't confirm the color code? We're here to help take the guesswork out of the color selection process with the Antique Color Chip CD. This CD contains electronic images of over 5,700 color chips ranging in year from 1936 to 1972.


Trim & Accent Colors
Trim & Accent Colors

Find colors with ease!
The Trim and Accent deck is an abstract color chip tool that was created to help you indentify interior, wheel and other accent colors on a vehicle.


Tinting Guides
Tinting Guides

Due to the OEM color drift seen in today's market, tinting is occasionally required to obtain an acceptable color match. BASF has developed Tinting Guides to help visualize specific color characteristics and select the correct mixing base when a color adjustment is needed. Guides have been designed for BASF Glasurit® and R-M® paint lines.

Letdowns of mixing bases are displayed on the guide as color chips. The characteristics of the pigment / base when viewed on the face and pitch are provided. A color wheel that illustrates how the bases relate to each other is also included.