Domitwin wrote:I got a kick out of his explanation that "polychromatic," the term Norton used to describe their 50's and 60's tank paint, was just a fancy way of saying metal flake.
Thats dangerous talk !!
I'm doing an early dommie in Nortons early version of polychromatic blue, and was advised that this paint is essentially pre-metallic paint era.
The metal/crushed glass is sooooo fine in it that its about invisible to the naked eye. The paint guy called it a pearl or pearlescent type paint.
Metalflake paint as such - in bikes - is later type paint, and would be plain wrong on bikes this early.
Triumph silver sheen type paints are apparently similar. And Enfields used poly paint prewar. Again, the flake is too small to be visible.
Cars may be different, and YMMV.
Someone on a Triumph forum mentioned that he'd had his 52 Thunderbird painted in metallic blue,
(everyone said Woooo, thats early for metallic paint on a bike)
and got treated to a detailed history on paint types....
P.S. If you try and photo polychromatic paints in different lights, it comes out as near completely different colors.
Poly blue in low light comes out as a bright shiny blue, but in sunlight as an almost whitish shade of blue.
Thats where the "poly" in "polychromatic" comes from = many colors.
Plain ole metallic paints don't really do this....