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Old 01-03-10, 11:07 PM
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Touch up paint match database

Hi,

I don't know if anyone has done this before?
Since this forum is about restoring 20+ year bikes, how about we start a database for matching paint.
If it gets popular maybe we can make it a sticky.
Please add your contribution.
Thanks,

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Old 01-04-10, 12:14 AM
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Great idea! If anyone knows a good touch up paint for the pearl white & blue combo on a Gazelle I'd be much obliged. I mainly need the pearl white.
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Old 01-04-10, 09:50 AM
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that's a wonderful idea. i've often wished for such a resource. i'm looking for touchup paint for my 1988 trek 560, in bright teal. hard color to match!
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Originally Posted by darkmagus View Post
Great idea! If anyone knows a good touch up paint for the pearl white & blue combo on a Gazelle I'd be much obliged. I mainly need the pearl white.
You probably have the same paint scheme on your Gazelle as my AB-Frame. I spoke to my local painter some time ago about repainting the bike, and his only comment about the white was "how close of a match do you want, because pearl white is really tough to match." I need to do some more touch ups on that frame myself as the really awful touch ups I did when I got the frame (mostly to protect the steel over actually trying to match the color) is in need of some reapplication.

If we get a decent list going, perhaps it is something I can get added into VeloBase.com in the future.
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If we get a decent list going,.....
IF being the operative word.

I imagine the list would rival the OED, as there a a gazillion different colors made each year, and lots of manufacturers, so what info would the list contain?

An '86 Trek 560 teal in DuPont Imron that would be number 12345
in PPG that would be 76X543E
in Sikkens, 981W7

and then you have to hope that it gets mixed correctly, and that the crossover numbers actually produce the same color.

In other words, it aint neva gonna happen!

Fingernail polish & call it good.

...or, time to repaint!
 
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Even a close fingernail color, make, name or shade that is a close match would be useful. So fingernail polish is ok.
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Old 01-04-10, 12:36 PM
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what would bianchi celeste nail polish be called?
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Looking for touch up paint for a Shogun.


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Originally Posted by michael k View Post

Looking for touch up paint for a Shogun.
I mixed up a fairly close match for a darker gray 1984 Shogun 1000 a while back. I used Testor's metallic silver and Testor's gloss black. It was never 100%, but it got very close.

The plain Testor's gloss red is a close match for the 1985/86 Pro Miyata. Close enough for stone chips, anyhow.
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what would bianchi celeste nail polish be called?
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[QUOTE=Vinci;10224347 I used Testor's metallic silver [/QUOTE]

Nice!
Thanks!Sound like a good place to start for this one.
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I enjoyed looking at (unfortunately not riding due to weather) my pop's Schwinn Tempo, as I often do when home.

He had the original paint color in a "Schwinn approved" touch-up paint. Man I wish I had that for my bike. Also interesting how much worse the quality of the paint is on my Mississippi built Schwinn than his Japanese built one.

I've gone the touch-up paint route with little to no success.
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From RobbieTunes regarding a match to a red and white Centurion Ironman David Scott.
"A good paint match for the red/white is Testor's red paint pen, available at about any arts/crafts store that sells model airplanes, etc. The basic red works pretty well, and the pen makes it easy to apply."
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Point taken... which leads to my question. Shadowfax has a tiny chip in her now. What nail polish would be the proper shade to match that lovely pearl white?

Originally Posted by Dr.Deltron View Post
IF being the operative word.

I imagine the list would rival the OED, as there a a gazillion different colors made each year, and lots of manufacturers, so what info would the list contain?

An '86 Trek 560 teal in DuPont Imron that would be number 12345
in PPG that would be 76X543E
in Sikkens, 981W7

and then you have to hope that it gets mixed correctly, and that the crossover numbers actually produce the same color.

In other words, it aint neva gonna happen!

Fingernail polish & call it good.

...or, time to repaint!
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Yeah, nail polish is the way to go. I rode my old Nishiki right into the CVS pharmacy, pulled up to the nail polish rack and started looking for a match. That Nishiki had a wierd color red, magenta thing going on. I got lucky after a few minutes and found a match that was close enough. You should have seen the guy at the counter's face as I rode up to pay for the polish.

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1987 Raleigh Record Dark Red Metallic can be touched up with Dupli Color "Claret Red Metallic CC". The number on the can is EDSCC365X. It's a near perfect match.
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Hmmmm. I have a nos box of 1950's Raleigh Industries black that I purchased on fleabay. Each little jar was intended to remedy the chips in the ubiquitous always black roadsters.

Unfortunately time has rendered the material in the unopened jars solid, but I would expect with a little research I could find the right medium to liquify the true color back to paintable form.

If anybody knows what would reconstitute the period paint, please let me know.

Also, if there are any vintage Raleigh buffs out there that want to know what it looked like, I can post photos of the jar and the "spares" box it came in... packaged in good ol' fashioned sawdust.
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My 1981 Univega Specialissima is a light metallic blue. Dupli-Color Scratch Fix 2 in 1 "blue silver metallic" ( VW 02042) is a very close match.
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All I have to contribute is that Dupli Color white acrylic enamel wheel paint is a good match for early (not pearl) Peugeot white. The stays ant part of the top tube on this PA10 have been resprayed with it.

You must use white primer!


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For my metallic blue '89 Pinarello Montello, Testors Saphire Blue Metallic spray paint is a very close match when painted over white primer. I have to give credit to Luker for sharing this info when we were restoring our blue Pinarello's at the same time.
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Similarly, I've thought that there must be a bazillion different car colors - many of which would be a close match for our bikes. I wonder if the CSI technique of scanning a color to get the year and model vehicle has any basis in reality?
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This thread was useful for my touch up job. I tried the Dupli-Color Scratch Fix 2 in 1 "blue silver metallic" ( VW 02042) on a 1981 Univega Gran Rally. It was a bit too dark so I added around 10% of the Dupli-Color NGGM434 Arctic White and got it to a very close match, almost exact. The 10% is a guess, I just used a dropper to keep adding drops of white to the blue until I got a match.

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Originally Posted by High Fist Shin View Post
Yeah, nail polish is the way to go. I rode my old Nishiki right into the CVS pharmacy, pulled up to the nail polish rack and started looking for a match. That Nishiki had a wierd color red, magenta thing going on. I got lucky after a few minutes and found a match that was close enough. You should have seen the guy at the counter's face as I rode up to pay for the polish.

-Shin

lovely episode.
i've had some successful results using nail polish enamel too.
actually up for some heavy-ish touchup work. this gives me great idea.
was worrying how i'd bring a sample chip—i was even thinking peeling some paint off—into Sephora, where there're hell lot more, wider selections of nail lacquer can be found, including some metalic colors.
why not bringing the frame with me, right? genius.

and yes, will make sure the result is recorded here. i promise.

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Good idea. However, for the three of my four bikes I have done touch up on, I couldn't begin to tell you an off the shelf color in anything that was right. Painstaking, custom mixes, all of them. So, I'm no help I'm afraid.
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I see the thread is awakened after 3 years.
Custom paint recipes are still useful if you share the ratio and the color and year of your bikes.
Thanks so much
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