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Old 10-07-08, 10:54 PM   #1
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Raleigh bronze green = Ford pinto green?

Any one know witch one of the pinto greens is the closest match? Thanks
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Old 10-08-08, 12:00 AM   #2
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I'd suggest going to an autobody supply store and trying to match it up as best as you can in the color chip books.....Really good ones even have a nifty lil machine that will actually match the paint pretty darn close on anything you bring in.....Then they will mix it in any quantity you want on the spot.
If I remember correctly......The Raleigh green when polished showed quite a bit of gold in it. Every Pinto I've seen looked like puke or baby poop.....I think the mid to late 70's MG or Jaguar's had a color that was much closer. Might look at the puke green for a '72 Dodge Dart or Plymouth Duster too....
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Pinto Green is a good call. Very close. I worked on lots of Raleighs back then. With Pintos breaking down all around me. LOL.
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Old 10-08-08, 08:04 AM   #4
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Try to narrow it down if you can. This site may help: http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/
I guess Pintos were made from '71 to maybe '78?
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My first car was a green 1973 Pinto that I bought for $600 in 1979. Should have spent the money on bikes. If you're trying to match the Raleigh color I have in my head, that's not it.
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This color looks pretty darn close to my eye (a 1977 Pinto Runabout).

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Looks close. Maybe Dark Jade from the color chart, but it's pretty hard to tell: http://www.tcpglobal.com/aclchip.asp...-ford-pg01.jpg
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I've been looking for years for a touch up that matches this color. I took it to a paint shop and they said they couldn't mix anything to match it because of the metallic flakes in it.

The Dark Jade looks too dark to match to me.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/aclchip.asp...-ford-pg01.jpg

Green Glow on the 1975 chart looks closer to me.

The problem with doing this on the computer is that the monitor settings are going to throw the color off. My monitor at home, for example, is much brighter than my monitor at work. Doing this by computer and not by eye in person is asking for a mismatch.
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Maybe mix some fake gold-flake (art-supply) into the paint? Fun with chemistry!
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Maybe mix some fake gold-flake (art-supply) into the paint? Fun with chemistry!
Depends on what material the gold flake is made from-- I tried it once and it failed because the gold flake was metal that oxidized after remaining in contact with the base paint. The result was that the flakes started gold and turned brown-black in the paint mix as it dried. I suppose if you could get flakes that wouldn't oxidize, and were the right size (the original paint is often tiny specs of gold rather than big flakes), then maybe (if you mix it thoroughly).
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I have nothing to add to this thread other than I had a Pinto in my dark past like many others. It wasn't green, though, it was a golden brown 74 wagon.
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I have nothing to add to this thread other than I had a Pinto in my dark past like many others. It wasn't green, though, it was a golden brown 74 wagon.
My golden brown Pinto wagon was a '73...WITH the fake wood sides. Quite the chick magnet as I recall.
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Can anyone post a pic of a Raleigh in the desired color?

In the mean time how about a metalized British Racing Green color, is that close?
http://www.heritageclassics.com/jagu...0dhcgrn/A1.jpg

ps, I googled up this green Raleigh on someone's blog site, is this the color?

http://xavierthoughts.blogspot.com/2...gle-speed.html

http://bp3.blogger.com/_XCkTSf0swcQ/...peedLug748.jpg

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British Racing Green is too pure a green to match- Bronze Green is more an "olive" green than British racing green is (BRG is more a dark Emerald green).

That Raleigh in the link looks really close to the color though-- looks like Bronze Green to me.

I actually like that bike he has built there-- it reminds me a lot of the early 20th century recreation bicycles like the old Meads, Columbias and Iver Johnsons.

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You do realize that if you paint it a Pinto color the bike might explode into flames?
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Neal- looks great!
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Old 10-09-08, 11:24 AM   #18
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Neal- looks great!
Thanks, Mike. But it's now owned by redneckwes! I did recently acquire a '74 Super Course MK II in red and white that'll hopefully hit the road before too long.

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I always thought Bronze green was a darker color than the SC color? The Super Course is more of a candy grass green, and the bronze green was more of a dark olive color?


Bronze green on the link below?,,,,,BD

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I always thought Bronze green was a darker color than the SC color? The Super Course is more of a candy grass green, and the bronze green was more of a dark olive color?
Fwiw, the 1971 Raleigh catalog lists the color of the bike I show above as "bronze green," but I agree that the exact shade did vary over the years. That's why it's darn hard to find a matching chainguard for a bronze green Sports!

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