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Old 11-26-10, 09:27 AM
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Looking for Original Paint

Hi fellas.. I am getting ready to resto a 60 year old Raleigh.. but need a good source or link to some info on original colors. I can do the color match thing from the tiny bit of color still on the frame .. But does anyone know of a database of Raleigh colors and formulary. ??
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It'll probably going to be really tough to find anything on 60 yr old paint, as most of the current paint formulas aren't even close to what would have been used back then. Changes have been due to better materials, chemistry, and environmental regulations.

Depending on how perfect you want this restoration to be (and how much $$$ and passion you're willing to put into the restoration), I'd suggest seeing if you can find a custom hot rod shop in your area and see what they can do for you. The guys that work in those places are really passionate about their work (and they're hurting for business in these tough economic times). Take in any paint chips you have for color matching, and the frame too so they can recommend how to properly do the job (old coating removal, then primer/base layers and top coating).

. . . . and we need pics!!!!
 
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I once went to an auto body supply house to get a custom color made up to match a 72 Gitane. They came very close, and, I suspect you might have a large auto body supply shop near you.
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Many auto body repair shops have the equipment to mix and match colors almost perfectly.
They do it on all kinds of cars, why not a bike?
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Some of these early Raleighs had a two part job with a base color and a clearish top color to get the depth and brilliance. see if you can find a patch that hasn't faded, like under the chain stays or inside the bottom bracket or behind the headbadge. get the final color matched, then scrape through to the base color.
The big advantage here is that no one else will know it's not right if you're off a little.
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From the 1951 catalog, I believe:



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Wow I love that color fan. My one is number 8. Looks like that may have been a two color job originally. I guess I am going to have to do the color matching at the paint shop. I have seen a couple of three different paint jobs on 1950 Clubmen on the net and they are all a little different. And for sure drastically different from the sad state the frame is in now.
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The Flamboyant Electric Blue on my '51 Clubman is in pretty good shape considering how fragile those finishes seem to be:





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