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Old 10-25-12, 08:09 AM
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Centurion paint matching

I have joined the Centurion Cult and now I have 3 which all need some touch-up. does anyone have advice on good touch-up paint for the following:

Mid 70's Super LeMans bronze/orange

86 ironman

88 Ironman Master Purple haze

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My Suggestion is to ride each one down to the local drugstore, wheel it inside and over to the fingernail polish display. I've had good luck matching paint colors and even found a "glittery" color to match my pearlescent Eddy Merckx frame.
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I would try auto touchup for the orange and white, and a clearcoat or clear nailpolish unless there is a real ugly gash in the purple.

Why are your bikes two different sizes? The stem looks dangerously high on the master.


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Testor's model enamel in regular white and bright red are good matches for the '86. I'd be tempted to mix my own with Testor's colors for the purple.
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The top tube lengths are identical - 57cm -both bikes. That's all I care about. Both pictures are the sellers'. Yeah, that stem is high. She must have liked it that way. I will post the results when I get them cleaned, tuned and touched-up.
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I've been a good customer to my local hobby shop for Testor's and other model paints. I do mix my own and have had good luck with it. Just be patient and mix small amounts at a time.
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If that bronze/orange is the same Centurion hue as my '76 Super LeMans was, I found an almost perfect match in fingernail polish at the local Walgreens.
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I can't add much to the above.

Testor's red is pretty close to the red on the red/white IM.
Fingernail polish or maybe the new Dodge Challenger orange/bronze for the other one.
For the Purple Haze IM, you get one Testor's bottle of purple, on of silver, and mix them on a paper plate for each touchup.

On the whites, the Purple Haze has a pearlized white, Nissan Maxima from the late 80's/early 90's. The red/white can use the same white, because yellowing is hard to match, and that bike started out with a pretty clear white that probably didn't last long in UV...

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Thanks to all for the tips! The white on the purple haze is especiially strange as it appears to have a purple tint when viewed from the side.
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Originally Posted by brebla
Thanks to all for the tips! The white on the purple haze is especiially strange as it appears to have a purple tint when viewed from the side.
Hence "Purple Haze" I actually think it was mica in the pearlescent white, but being near the purple, picked it up.
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