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Old 12-05-06, 03:04 AM   #1
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Bianchi celeste blue

I'm in the process of restoring a mid 80's bianchi and am ready to paint. I'm planning to use acrylic laquer but am having trouble finding paint codes as i need some mixed. Does any body know a paint code for celeste or even an auto colour (make and model) that is VERY close?
I've asked my local bianchi dealer if they can get me some touch up paint from bianchi so i can just do a colour match but he just looks at me like i'm speaking brail or something.
Any suggestions welcome and appreciated!
Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-05-06, 07:27 PM   #2
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Dang dude. I hope someone speaks up! I have an old, late 80's MTB I'm getting ready to strip and paint. Of all the colors of bikes I've seen over the past 30 years or so, the Bianchi Celeste has to be the coolest. Just a thought, check out Rivendells Atlantis. Not quite the same color, but kind of close. I like those nestalgic colors. I'll see if I can find some info for both of us.
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Old 12-06-06, 11:09 PM   #3
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Thanks man. That colour looks pretty close. Has a bit too much green though.
Suggestions anybody?
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http://store.bianchiusa.com/home.php?cat=259

Bianchiusa has a small bottle of touch up celeste.
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Any good auto paint store can match the color if you take them a sample part - the larger the better. I've done this with motorcycle parts with good results. BTW, the Bianchi color is closer to green than blue.
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I'm in the process of restoring a mid 80's bianchi and am ready to paint. I'm planning to use acrylic laquer

I would use anything but laquer. Laquer is not going to be very durable.
I use PPG primer and PPG 2042 clear. For color I use Sikkens basecoats.
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but am having trouble finding paint codes as i need some mixed. Does any body know a paint code for celeste or even an auto colour (make and model) that is VERY close?

Sikkens paint code 455A1. Any Sikkens dealer can mix you a pint.I've asked my local bianchi dealer if they can get me some touch up paint from bianchi so i can just do a colour match but he just looks at me like i'm speaking brail or something.
Any suggestions welcome and appreciated!
Thanks for the help.
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Wow, thanks for that. Reason i'm using laquer is that i'm a bit scared of painting 2 pak. I've painted a couple of frames before and i've found if you use a decent etch primer and lots of clear coat it holds up good enough for me. BUT i know exactly what your saying though. 2 pak is supperior in nearly every way, but i don't have a resperator and their worth about $500. Do you happen to know if PPG DP40 etch is 2 pak or 2 part, as in, does it have a cyanide hadener? Exactly what sort of protection does one need to be using 2 pak products with cyanide hardeners? Will a cartridge resperator with coveralls gloves etc be adequate?
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Wow, thanks for that. Reason i'm using laquer is that i'm a bit scared of painting 2 pak. I've painted a couple of frames before and i've found if you use a decent etch primer and lots of clear coat it holds up good enough for me. BUT i know exactly what your saying though. 2 pak is supperior in nearly every way, but i don't have a resperator and their worth about $500.

$500?!? Where did you find one that cheap?
I bought my first one from Keith Bontrager used for $800, and the last one I got about 5-6 years ago was like $2,300. Krazy what tyat s**t costs!

Do you happen to know if PPG DP40 etch is 2 pak or 2 part, as in, does it have a cyanide hadener?

Yes, DP uses a hardener. The new stuff is lead free though (DPLF40) And for a smoother spray, add a little 870 to the mix. 2:1:1/2

Exactly what sort of protection does one need to be using 2 pak products with cyanide hardeners? Will a cartridge resperator with coveralls gloves etc be adequate?

For painting a bike, it should be OK. Charcoal type filters filter out the smell, but not all the isocyanates.

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Quite welcome! Good luck & post some pics!
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