Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Back in the day, Raleigh used translucent paints which allowed some of the undercoat to show through. That's how they get the deep gloss, and the subtle response to different lighting. The black over silver is a bit easier to work with than the traditional Bronze Green, which some people call racing green, which is a translucent green paint over a bronze undercoat.
What makes these so hard to duplicate is that the color changes with lighting, Direct light goes through the paint and reflects off the undercoat, while indirect or low light reflects mainly off the surface. You can buy automotive touch up paints which can match pretty well indoors, then you'll get out in the sun and it'll look like crap. Most of us give up and use closest match nail polish, or auto paint and live with it.
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