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Raleigh Bronze Green Colour - are there good matches out there?

Old 07-10-11, 09:22 AM
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Raleigh Bronze Green Colour - are there good matches out there?

Hi all: does anyone have a good match for the Raleigh Bronze Green in either rattlecan or auto paint? I'm thinking of doing the bad thing and repainting my eaton's glider - the original paint and decals are there but the paint has faded quite significantly, and not in a complimentary way. Its kind of a dull pea soup colour now....

So I am thinking of a repaint.....but have not found a good match for the paint....

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Old 07-10-11, 11:18 AM
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There was this thread a while back, but I don't think the question was ever answered definitively:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...h+bronze+green
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Old 07-10-11, 12:29 PM
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Thanks FlatTop.....read through it and you are right - never definitively answered.....and I certainly don't want the colour that Neal painted that SC (lovely though it is, not the colour I am looking for).

I know about paint matching at the store (have done it before and gotten great results), problem is the whole bike (other than the original colour showing under clamps etc) is faded, so I have no good sample to take in....and I can't imagine them holding the bike up against the scanner!

Hopefully someone will chime in with good results since 2008.
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Old 07-10-11, 01:39 PM
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This might be a long shot but I heard years ago that Chrysler Corp. colors from the late 1960's and early 1970's were very similar to Raleigh bicycle colors of that era. You could go to autocolorlibrary.com and check out their paint chips.
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I have a Sports in Bronze Green that's gone dull and dark, but not terribly gouged or scratched. If there's a good buffing/polishing/cutting compound that would bring it back a bit, I would be eager to try it. I'm reluctant to try without a recommendation, though.
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I have a Sports in Bronze Green that's gone dull and dark, but not terribly gouged or scratched. If there's a good buffing/polishing/cutting compound that would bring it back a bit, I would be eager to try it. I'm reluctant to try without a recommendation, though.

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When we were young teenagers I remember Dad & Mom got my brother and I some Raleigh 3 speeds for a birthday. They might have been Sports. We didn't think they were too cool though because 10 speeds were popular then. The color as I remember them was darker than what the pictured Super Course is on that other thread. Must've been that Bronze Green.
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Raleigh's Bronze Green ranged from a deep, rich emerald color to an olive drab that resembles monkey-droppings. Within these two extremes are endless different shades that Raleigh put out, depending on the batch.

Experiment with various paints, find out which works for you. Stay away from metallics - Bronze Green's luster came from a silver basecoat, not metalflakes.

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Awful close to some of the early '70s automotive paints. Not quite a true British Racing Green, but it's still kind f a loden with a little yellow and some black. shouldn't be too hard to match, huh?
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