Golden Arrow Sport Colours required

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Golden Arrow Sport Colours required

Postby ian teasdale » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:24 pm

Help please
I am trying to restore a 1962 Golden Arrow but have come up against a problem regarding paint colours.
I found ref to colours in a British Bike magazine 1990. White = Toyota 073 and Gold = Volkswagen Hellas Gold.
Unfortunatley these colours seem to be no longer available.
Anyone know of any other colour matches.

Thanks.

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Re: Golden Arrow Sport Colours required

Postby Roger James » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:24 am

Hello Ian,
Finding colours to match those used 50 years ago is a bit of a minefield and you will find plenty of owners around who reckon they've got an exact match lets say taken from a good surviving section of paint found on the dummy tank under the rubber knee pad but in many cases they've just had paint mixed to suit so there is still no exact match code reference.
One example of this matching of original paint was done by a friend for the restoration of his Sport Arrow and was matched to Jaguar Coronet Gold, very nice Gold but to my eyes it was on the dark side, too rich in Gold.
Although I cannot be specific about paint codes I can point you in the directiion of R S Bike paints who appear to specialise in paint for old motorcycles and do cater for the Arrows and Leaders, although I've never used them you can always make contact and have a chat to them to ascertain how they decided on the Gold paint they sell for the Arrow. Tel 01707 273219. Go online and look at their website...
Another possibility is Redditch Shotblasting, tel Dave on 01527 529659 - I've had 3 dummy tanks and rear number plates painted by them in the last couple of years in Gold and they are doing a fourth dummy tank for me at the moment.
Comments by people who have seen the Gold on the bike at shows and events etc have been very impressed and at least say something like, thats the Gold they remember seeing on the bikes in the 60's.
It still might not be the exact Gold colour match but I'm very happy with it.
Hope this helps Ian, its the best I can do at the moment.
Hopefully we will hear from other owners with there Gold paint colours.
Good luck and please let us know any details of a Gold paint match.
Jess

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Postby ian teasdale » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:26 pm

HI Jess

Thanks for the info. I have been in touch with RS Paints today and think they can provide the paints to match, (blind man galloping horse !!!).

As this is my first attempt at a full rebuild I am initially reluctant to spend money on a complete professional shotblast and repaint.

If the bike turns out to be a success however I may get back in contact with Redditch Shotblasting for a proper job.

Thanks again
Ian

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Re: Golden Arrow Sport Colours required

Postby Roger James » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:20 am

Hello Iain,

Hopefully (first attempt) picture uploaded showing a Gold Tank painted by Redditch Shotblasters, to give you some of idea of their finish but keep in mind it was taken inside shed with flash photo and normally looks a different shade out in the light...

Good luck with the painting of your Arrow.

Jess

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Gold coloured tank painted by Redditch Shotblasting

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Postby alan.richmond » Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:57 pm

Jess, Hi

rally nice restoration job. Are these cylinder heads just really, really clean, or do you paint them?

Regards

Alan
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Postby Roger James » Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:31 pm

Hello Alan,
The heads are really clean, I had them bead blasted that brings them up like new.
The blaster I used has retired to France so am on the lookout for someone else now, have seen someone local advertising their services doing Vapour cleaning that I might try if the price is reasonable....
I've never painted cylinder heads but Ariel Club member Roger Lee who you might know from the Arrow and Leader group recently posted a photo showing his cylinder heads painted silver.

All the best

Jess


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