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    Touchup paint for older Raleighs?

    I'd like to touch up a few nicks on the Coffee finish of that '70 Superbe I picked up. Any sources?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak
    I'd like to touch up a few nicks on the Coffee finish of that '70 Superbe I picked up. Any sources?
    Since this bike is so old I'd say the best place is an auto
    parts store in the car paint touch up section. I've matched
    the paint fairly close on both my bikes with these little
    bottles of paint. You could also try a hobby model paint.

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    Fingernail polish comes in a zillion colors and works pretty well, too.
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    You could also try a hobby model paint.

    I hadn't thought of that, but I've done plenty of color-matching with model paints in the past. It just takes a certain amount of trial-and-error to hit the shade right once it dries. Worth a go if push comes to shove (which it usually seems to).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak
    I'd like to touch up a few nicks on the Coffee finish of that '70 Superbe I picked up. Any sources?
    Funny that you asked this question...True story...back in the 70's Raleigh dealers complained about the time lag and delay it took to get touch-up paint for various models. Eventually, after a mountain of inquiries someone in the Raleigh organization took the time to investigate this problem. After winding his way through the vast spaces of the Nottingham, England plant, he found an elderly man who was filling small bottles one at a time with paint after which he affixed a label to the container. Given that this was the sole source for Raleigh dealers worldwide, it was no wonder that you were lucky to get anything at all!
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    Hi- I just happen to have two NOS aerosol cans of Raleigh Coffee Paint...I'll never need both of them. Might you be interested in buying one? (They're both full cans and have original labels etc)...If so,drop me an email and we can work-it-out. Regards, -Phil Smith

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    Thanks, Phil -- e-mail sent.

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    Bringing up a thread from the dead...has anyone had any luck finding a decent color match at the auto store or hobby store for "Coffee"? What was it called?

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    Re-re-resurrecting this thread (now that Phil has found a taker for his surplus can) has anyone found a good match for Raleigh's coffee color?

    I could go around hobby shops and auto parts shops and cosmetic counters (nailpolish) but I'd rather benefit from someone's experience--if someone has a good experience.
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    Never did hear from Phil about that paint. I'm persuaded that the best answer is to take the frame to an auto paint supplier who does computer-matching.

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    Easter once more!

    Looking for the forest green of the early 70s Raleigh Sports. Has anyone bothered to get a color match done at the auto parts store? Can they post the formula? No? cost is $55 to get a formula done, anyone interested in splitting the cost? Or better yet, anyone work at a place that can do that who's willing to just post the formula?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mswantak
    Never did hear from Phil about that paint. I'm persuaded that the best answer is to take the frame to an auto paint supplier who does computer-matching.
    my suggestion: take it to a place that paints automobiles, and ask them to mix you up a bottle of touch-up paint for your specific color application.bring your bike, and ask for the guy that color matches well. i have done this plenty of times and i have never paid. good luck. i have noticed that wet paint looks very different from dry paint. someone that can match colors well will take this into account. or test the touch-up paint on the dropouts or somewhere not noticible

    P.S. you guys are in CA, so maybe drop Doc Deltron a line, i bet he could color match a bottle of touch up for you.

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    P.S. you guys are in CA, so maybe drop Doc Deltron a line, i bet he could color match a bottle of touch up for you.
    Dr. D. The one guy, way in the back corner of the shop, pouring paint into small bottles, one at a time, then affixing a label to each one...
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    (fingernail polish)..

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    Right. Back in the corner where the fumes collect...

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