Commando Paint Colours

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Commando Paint Colours

Postby Baldrick » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:09 pm

Howdy from down under,

My yellow roadster is going to morph itself into a blue Interstate with silver pinstripping for long road trips.

Can any one tell me were to look or advise me to get the light blue paint colour?

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Postby Reggie » Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:13 am

Which blue are you refering to.

I assume it is the metalflake blue, shown here, as you described it as light blue;

http://www.jba.bc.ca/NortonS.htm

Or the dark blue (not sure if it has a proper name) shown on the Interstate here, shown in the first photograph?

http://www.motos-anglaises.com/catalogu ... n/1972.htm
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Postby Corona850 » Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:03 am

Reggie wrote:I assume it is the metalflake blue, shown here, as you described it as light blue;

http://www.jba.bc.ca/NortonS.htm


If you're going for the Fireflake Royal Blue that Norton used then the House of Kolors is very close. That's what the bike in the link above is painted with, apparently. But, beware what base it is sprayed over. I wanted to reproduce the Royal Blue that my bike was originally, and the House of Kolors chip looked an exact match to the original colour in the sunlight. However, my painter used a dark base, so my tank and side covers came out considerably darker than I expected.

Luckily, I like the result, but it's not an authentic colour anymore - call it 'custom'.

Like you, I tried to get paint codes etc at the time I had my stuff done but got nowhere. Matching chips was all I could come up with at that time. I'm not sure if House of Kolors is available in NZ though.
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Postby Alpha » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:43 am

My '72 Interstate is blue with silver lining. I'm told the colour is called french blue (can't see it myself, I mean FRENCH owt on anEGLISH bike??) :D
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Postby Baldrick » Sat Jul 19, 2008 4:30 pm

Thanks for your replies.

The metal flake blue is too light and the dark blue seems almost black.

I like the colour of Alpha's bike and have asked for a bigger picture using PM.

I have not seen any blue Commando's in New Zealand and am just painting blind at the moment.

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Postby Alpha » Sun Jul 20, 2008 11:02 pm

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Hi Baldrick I tried to reply to your IM but it bounced heres a bigger pick of my baby
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Speaking of paint colors...

Postby smiller » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:43 pm

I'm in mid-restoration of my '72 roadster and hope to match the original "Signal Orange" shown here: http://www.motos-anglaises.com/catalogu ... n/1972.htm
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby kommando » Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:01 pm

RAL is the European industrial paint shade standard, they have a signal orange listed

http://www.indfinspec.demon.co.uk/ral_colour_chart.htm

It may be the same, the RAL signal yellow was used on the BSA Victors. Just a wild guess.
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Postby Baldrick » Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:37 pm

Howdy all,
I am closer to morphing my Roadster into an Interstate.

I brought a freshly painted black steel Interstate tank off ebay and it has just arrived in perfect condition.

I have managed to buy a new Interstate seat with silver logo and left and right handed steel side covers and am ready to send it to Pat for a paint job.

I have seen a 1974 sales brochure for 850 Commando and it has the colour I am chasing.

The brochure refers to the paint colour as Pacific Blue.

Does anyone know this colour and were I can get it?

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Postby batrider » Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:59 pm

My bike is Signal Orange. I decided the brochure picture was close to the same orange as the Colorado Norton Works orange bikes and got the paint code from Matt at CNW. (Thanks Matt!) Check their website.

From Matt: Both the Custom #024 and #033 was painted with the same color.

Du-Pont Chroma base (base coat/clear coat) # 31K
Its a 1980 GM (original GM code # 88 WAEM).

Here is my bike:


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At the Tioga PA rally, Dan from near York PA had an original gelcoat orange tank and it was a perfect match to my bike. Also rode with another orange Norton which was an exact match also.

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Postby smiller » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:48 am

Batrider,

Thanks for the info on the Signal Orange paint. I have been trying to track this down for about three months now. I finally located a can of NOS touch-up paint to try to match, but having the code should make things much easier.

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Postby Ron L » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:20 am

If you want an identical match you will need to find (borrow) a panel (preferrably one with an area that has been protected from sunlight) and take it to your favorite auto paint jobber. The larger ones should have a "color computer" that can read the color intensity and provide them with a tint formula for mixing. I did this with the colors for my '59 Bonneville because I wanted as close as possible.

If you want that color because you like it, most paint jobbers should have color chips of factory colors that you can choose. The closest match may be a couple shades darker or lighter, but they should be close.
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72 Combat paint on tank and side covers

Postby CanukNortonNut » Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:43 pm

My 72 Combat is ready for a repaint. I’m getting my Roadster tank cleaned at a rad shop (inside to de-scale some rust) and then it gets coated inside with a sealer. This is all before it gets painted Black/ Clear coat with gold Norton on the sides. I want to know if the 750’s of that era had the pin striping like the 850’s? I am not sure if the originals just had the paint and the Norton Decal?
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Postby Reggie » Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:09 am

CanukNortonNut wrote;
I want to know if the 750’s of that era had the pin striping like the 850’s? I am not sure if the originals just had the paint and the Norton Decal?


I am not sure if they had the pinstiping or not, as the brochures in French shows one without pinstripes and one with, and the brochures in English show them with pin stripes.

The 750's to my knowledge didn't have the twin pinstripe going into one near the rear of the tank, (unless it was the very late versions).

http://www.motos-anglaises.com/catalogues/index.htm

http://www.motos-anglaises.com/catalogu ... n/1971.htm

http://www.reproductiondecals.com/defau ... .html~main

http://www.reproductiondecals.com/image ... 750_71.jpg
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Postby L.A.B. » Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:19 am

The '72 Black Roadsters didn't have the 850 style stripes, and I don't think the '73 750s had them either, judging by the photos of '73 models I've seen in various Norton books.


1972 Roadster: http://www.nortonmotors.de/ANIL/NGRidability.htm
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