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Paint code is R104CU. Anybody know a source of rattle cans of it? Local paint guy couldn't seem to get around to scanning it with his camera but can't I just order it by paint code?
 

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Paint code is R104CU. Anybody know a source of rattle cans of it? Local paint guy couldn't seem to get around to scanning it with his camera but can't I just order it by paint code?
Go to: www.ColorRite.com Not cheap but they do sell OEM colors. I know because I started laying on my base coat on the trike rear end and ran out already. Base color for Suzie's Candy Sonoma Red is silver. go figure that one out?
 

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Seems to me a god DuPont or PPG paint shop should be able to look it up. I'd try calling around until you find someone willing to research it if need be.
 

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I called ColorRite and got it on the way. Earlier I had looked at their website and it only went back to 1986, so I quit. When I called them this morning, they fixed me up with base coat and top coat in 11 oz. cans, and with shipping it came to $80. That's what Phil means by 'not cheap'. I'll test my own $6 primer and clearcoat for compatibility. Some other website that claimed to specialize in old motorcycles said he could ship me rattle cans that I could fill and pressurize (???)or for better results, buy the paint and reducer from him for $390, and rent a gun and sprayer. I don't think so.

I'll let you know how it comes out.

I've also seen websites that have tank graphics. The GL500 has gold stripes, and of course the website didn't indicate having them. These of course are way heavier than the typical auto supply pin stripes in a roll. Have you guys ever found a source of these?
 

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A vinyl sign shop can hook you up with the stripes but unless you trace the original design on paper and have them scan and clean up (not cheap) the "artwork" and then cut it so it goes on in one piece. Otherwise, you will have seams where you change directions on the stripe. The sign shop vinyl holds up very well and is easy to apply. (not necessarily straight unless you tape off a reference line below your artwork with a level and mark your transfer to line up with that taped line)



Find someone who has a big scanner (FedEx Office) to scan the drawing and put it on a USB drive. Import that into Corel Draw or a drawing program you can work in layers to draw the straight lines and any curves in to clean it up and make it a sharp thin line. When complete, delete the sketch "artwork" layer and save the file as a PDF format or JPG and FedEx Office, they do signs if you bring them the format they can handle, and take that and cut your vinyl as either a "decal" or as a paint mask if you peel the stripe out.



Some will just paint the stripes on, but that's another few steps and some good auto plastic masking tape so you don't get bleed under the tape.

Also, paint won't be as durable as vinyl.



A true water slide decal is a series of paint "printed" on clear decal material and then top coated. They you have to worry about fuelproof for the decal.



The vinyl sign material can usually be sprayed over with a clear urethane that will prevent fuel from attacking the adhesive.



PM me if you want more details or don't understand about the vinyl sign graphics.



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Go to: www.ColorRite.com Not cheap but they do sell OEM colors. I know because I started laying on my base coat on the trike rear end and ran out already. Base color for Suzie's Candy Sonoma Red is silver. go figure that one out?




Phil, Didn't know if you knew but most candy and flake paint jobs start with a silver or gold base. The candy is a transparent paint built in layers to control how dark the final color becomes. Painting candy top coats can be a challenge.



Saw a fellow's Volvo P1800S (60s 2-door sports coupe) that was painted in Corvette Yellow and then a very very fine silver metalflake was sprayed on to give the paint a suspended metalflake that was very small. Then several coats of clear color sanded and polished out. The results were eye popping yellow in bright sunlight it was almost painful to look at when up close to it but it was gorgeous. The silver metal flake picked up the corvette yellow color whereas gold would have been more of a "metal-flake" traditional effect.

The car had a glow to the yellow paint from a distance. Polarized sunglasses were a must for being around it...

He lived in western New York state where it is often cloudy.



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Went to the local fuzzy dice store and they had a new pinstripe product, at least new since I looked. It was the right shade of gold and had 5 different widths, so the second widest and the second thinnest were dead-nuts right for the GL500 pinstripess. The challenge then was following the pattern with two separate tapes. Not bad if I say so myself.
 
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