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    Touch up paint

    Does anyone know where I can get touch up paint to match a 1970's English Raleigh LTD 3 speed?

    Thanks,
    Bob

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    I doubt you'll find a perfect match, I doubt Raleigh is still producing the same paint pigments from nearly 40 years ago. Some people suggest, and I have done this, getting a bottle of nail polish that is as close as possible and using that for minor touch ups. It isn't perfect, but it hides most nicks in the paint job unless you are close to the bike.

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    Try asking in the Classic & Vintage forum--but the nail polish is a good trick.

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    Thanks guys
    will do.

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    Naill polish works,for awhile. Automotive touch-up works and matches better. Visualize which cars may use the color. Ford or Nissan are among the best. they use "basic" colors on the PU's . BRUSH-ON,looks like a magic-marker

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn
    Does anyone know where I can get touch up paint to match a 1970's English Raleigh LTD 3 speed?

    Thanks,
    Bob
    I have a 1968 Raleigh Ladies three speed. When I touched up it's paint after I pruchased it used, I went to a hobby shop and did a very close match. The paint job worked and still works very well after almost ten years later.

    I have more suggestions on touch up paint on my web site:

    http://www.geocities.com/folder_fana...ntenance2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuerein
    I doubt you'll find a perfect match, I doubt Raleigh is still producing the same paint pigments from nearly 40 years ago. Some people suggest, and I have done this, getting a bottle of nail polish that is as close as possible and using that for minor touch ups. It isn't perfect, but it hides most nicks in the paint job unless you are close to the bike.
    I use clear nail polish. Covers the steel unobtrusively.

    If the color doesn't match EXACTLY you might as well paint it some horrid contrasting color because the mismatch will draw your eye to the nick.

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    I've used nail polish (that's my usual choice, because it's easy) and auto touchup paint (not much luck matching the colors of my two bikes). Another possibility is Testor's model paint--a good hobby store may stock a few dozen colors, but you can get ANYTHING online, and it's cheap. My Atlantis is exactly the color Testor's calls "interior blue-green," to match the interiors of Russian military vehicles. Sorry I can't remember the website, but they have hundreds of colors. Try googling Testors, for a start.

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