GUTS wrote: I had read that Norton used only silver flakes in the paint for the metal tanks and side covers but I had trouble believing it when I looked at the bike, it looked like there was more than one color of flake. I took a side panel off today and took some closeups of the paint.
What color is your sidecover overall, when viewed from afar ?
Fireflake Bronze or Fireflake Golden Bronze seems to come in even more shades than other fireflake colors.
Some seem to be more bronze, and some more goldy... (?)
After a lot of 2-and-fro-ing, it has been firmly settled here that Nortons had a number of versions of fireflake colors over the years.
The early versions were in the fibreglass gelcoat, some with a transparent color overpaint,
and the later versions were all painted, so it is dangerous being too dogmatic.
My what seems to be a later NOS Fireflake Blue sidecover has stray blue tinted flakes oversprayed on the back,
so it definitely had tinted flakes in clearcoat, on a painted colored basecoat.
And B-bogus here has done some very authentic and marvellous looking fireflake repaints using tinted flakes, so the tinted flakes clearly win.
Have you found a source for bronze/gold tinted flakes ?
That 2 tone flake color looks interesting to reconstruct.
This sidecover (fibreglass) has been on fleabay, for quite some time.
Pinstripes look somewhat constricted, so may be a repaint (?).