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Old 06-21-11, 09:14 AM
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This thread makes me feel like I am shoe shopping with my wife...

Me: How about these?
Her: No, not quite what I am looking for...

(Fast forward 87 million hours and repeat the above exchange 30 million times)
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Old 06-21-11, 09:52 AM
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The darkest blue I have:

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Old 06-21-11, 10:09 AM
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This thread makes me feel like I am shoe shopping with my wife...

Me: How about these?
Her: No, not quite what I am looking for...

(Fast forward 87 million hours and repeat the above exchange 30 million times)
Well ... I guess this is not the thread for you. I am like your wife, and so may be the originator of this thread. I will spend 87 million hours until I think I have the right hue. No problem ó all part of the fun. Just ask your wife
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Old 06-21-11, 10:11 AM
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Indigo Bunting blue. The ones I get in my yard are almost ink blue and iredescent.
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I think the reason I keep this Ochsner is because I like the blue with white painted labels.
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Old 06-21-11, 10:17 AM
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robbied192 - That cobalt is gorgeous. Is that original? If not, how did you find it, mix it? blah blah. Is it enamel, Imron 2-pack type or lacquer?
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Old 06-21-11, 10:25 AM
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Wait a minute. Dare is a particular blue dat is worn by a particular team dat is coached by da iron man himself.
BEAR BLUE. Da Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears.........

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Old 06-21-11, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
robbied192 - That cobalt is gorgeous. Is that original? If not, how did you find it, mix it? blah blah. Is it enamel, Imron 2-pack type or lacquer?
Hi Lenton58, its not mine, although I wish it was! I was quoting RFC, that is just the most amazing blue I've seen...............and I have a frame that needs painting!
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Old 06-21-11, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Indigo Bunting blue. The ones I get in my yard are almost ink blue and iredescent.
Perfect! Now you just have to crush about 100 of these here buntings and you'll be all set.

But really--I love threads like this and the photo of Toby (the "never-nude") cracked me up. You need some kind of Diana Vreeland-type to help you find your perfect blue--indigo bunting with a dash of Pharaoh's eyelid and a hint of delphinium.
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Old 06-21-11, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
robbied192 - That cobalt is gorgeous. Is that original? If not, how did you find it, mix it? blah blah. Is it enamel, Imron 2-pack type or lacquer?
It is the most beautiful blue I have ever seen. That particular bike, which is no longer in my hands because a buyer offered me a ridiculous amount of money for it is a virtually unridden and all original 1984 Miyata 1000. I would love another bike in that color.
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Old 06-21-11, 04:54 PM
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But you'll have to find some paint with pulverized fish scales in it to achieve the look.QUOTE=MPC Biker;12818731] [/QUOTE]

True enough, apparently. Rumor has it that before the general availability of metallic powders, I guess, Frejus, and probably others, used powdered fish scales to achieve that subtle pearly glow in their paint. At least, that's what the Professors over on the Classic Rendezvous list espouse. So ...for what it's worth.

I buy it.

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Old 06-21-11, 04:58 PM
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But you'll have to find some paint with pulverized fish scales in it to achieve the look.QUOTE=MPC Biker;12818731]
True enough, apparently. Rumor has it that before the general availability of metallic powders, I guess, Frejus, and probably others, used powdered fish scales to achieve that subtle pearly glow in their paint. At least, that's what the Professors over on the Classic Rendezvous list espouse. So ...for what it's worth.[/QUOTE]

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Old 06-21-11, 05:01 PM
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I know. Sounds a little ....fishy.
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Hawaiian blue


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I am a fan of that bunting blue as well -- that is a cool-looking little monster.

A good while back I had a 1994 Specialized Allez that had a sharp dark blue paint job. The yellow S logo and names and any other colors next to that blue just popped. This is the only photo I can find of it...


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Old 06-21-11, 06:09 PM
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Did you decide which color yet Snarky? ...or would that answer bring this fun thread to a pre-mature halt? I like Frank's Hawaiian blue, whatever that is. And that Bunting is the cat's meow.
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Can you imagine having a bike painted like that? Impossible to re-create, and why try, other than it would be so beautiful. I'm changing all my votes to Indigo Bird.
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Old 06-21-11, 06:28 PM
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Gios Torino yet.

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Can you imagine having a bike painted like that? Impossible to re-create, and why try, other than it would be so beautiful. I'm changing all my votes to Indigo Bird.
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I don't know, but maybe John Slawta at Land Shark could do it justice.
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Not dark blue, but True Blue, as specified by the painter (Ed Litton):

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Old 06-21-11, 08:32 PM
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How dark do you want? you could use a black undercoat,
and a transparent blue topcoat
then, perhaps, have a black with a blue patina.
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I must admit that I haven't read the entire thread. Has anybody suggested Cobalt blue? I like it best over a silver base. When done right, it's the most beautiful blue there is. You should see my nephew's '66 Malibu.

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All of these are gorgeous, though I agree that it's the bunting that wins.

I will only decide on the color once I see the samples in person, I suppose, and I hope to do that either this week or next. I have to take The Viva into Dutch Bike, as this weekend, the front disk brake cable made a horrible crunch noise and the lever went all the way to the bars without effect on the wheel. This seems like a bad thing. As the bike is under warranty, I have no real concerns, but I will have time to visit the recommended powder-coater nearby and see what these things look like up close.

Right now, I'm just trying to get a sense of what blues move me most on bikes, as opposed to those that move me on shoes or cars or whatever. And I'm enjoying the thread .
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Gios Torino yet.

One of the most beautiful bike colors ever (especially when the rider is wearing an old Brooklyn rteam jersey). Funny thing, though - The Powers That Be won't let you mix actual cobalt into paint any more. So unless you go to some third world country where trivial details like environmental and health issues don't enter into the equation, you can't duplicate it now.
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I couldn't find a picture that did it justice, but I like the Rainbow Blue used on early 1980's Fuji America.
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