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Works Rep Paint
#793790 12/24/19 9:49 am
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Hello, anyone know the paint codes for 1958 Works Rep frame and tank. Thanks Richard

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Re: Works Rep Paint
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Presumeably you are interested in the green frame version ?

[Linked Image from bsaotter.com]

Don't know the code, but latter day models are picking up on this theme....
Blasphemy ? History repeating itself ? Evolution. ??

https://cdn.motor1.com/images/mgl/OjlOl/s1/new-royal-enfield-bullet-350-and-500-trials.jpg

Merry Xmas y'all....

Re: Works Rep Paint
Rohan #793838 12/24/19 11:28 pm
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Thanks for reply, pictured is the works trials bike of Jonny Brittain, the Works Rep bikes had a dark grey frame. Agree with you about the new trials bike but ...... hey that’s marketing for you. Richard

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Aha, more along the lines of

[Linked Image from uploads.carandclassic.co.uk]

You don't have any stray bits in this colour, to get a colour match off. ?

Re: Works Rep Paint
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That would make the paint a polychromatic grey or silver-grey, as used by Enfields and others at the time.

RS Bikepaint is a possible supplier of this, although it won't be the original type enamel paint.
http://www.rsbikepaint.com/en-gb/co...&prodyear=1960&colourscheme=9215

They seem to list it, although it goes haywire once clicked (?).

Re: Works Rep Paint
richardvy #794332 12/30/19 3:29 pm
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If its the same as Norton's then

Polychromatic Grey
Wideline Twins
Volkswagen Platin 32686M or
Talbot Steel Grey Metallic 397 or
Ford Granada Pearl Grey Metallic


Reviews on RS paints are mixed ref colour matching, be inclined to only use them if nothing else shows up.

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Without a sample, there is no guarantee Enfields poly grey is the same as other makers.
And has anyone sighted how good those quoted NOC suggestions are as a good colour match ??
There is also the minor matter that Nortons used several distinct shades of poly grey over the years,
some distinctly darker than the earlier versions.

I'd also be a bit dubious even about matching polychromatic paints with a modern metallic paint.
The poly blue I had mixed up locally was a good match for the extremely fine particle size in Nortons
early poly blue enamel type paint.

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The factories all used the same paint suppliers (ICI, Carrs and one other whose name escapes me), so using the same colours as competitors factories was common, however the final paint make up from the supplied base and required colours was also shift by shift at the factory, with the foreman being the arbitrator of the colour match. So the colours varied from day to day, factory to factory and supplier to supplier. The only real way to get a good colour match is say from under a tank with no UV/cleaning damage, even then its only a match to one days production and there will be other genuine matches from the same technique which are different but still correct. Guaranteed whatever you do someone will say its wrong.

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I would agree with that entirely.
And can quote some examples that both confirm and deny it !

I've been collecting (early) poly blue Norton bits for quite some years,
and by and large they all seem approx about the same pale blue shade.
Examples of Nortons poly grey on the other hand cover quite a range of greys
- earlier examples are lighter and later are darker, and some models seem to
have a green component to them.

I'd say the Enfield grey is not quite the same, but the example I have is not in such
wonderful condition to say for sure.

If only they showed an example of the finished colour ?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Enfield-Polychromatic-Silver-250ml/dp/B00MMCTF46

Re: Works Rep Paint
Rohan #794894 01/05/20 8:27 pm
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Thanks for all the replies, inclined to think I just need to make a choice and go with it. Richard


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