BSA's were always availabe in all black ( for Mr Plod ) and oft in white as well ( for Mr Interplod / NATO ), So there are two options. We also were offerred 71 & 72's in all of the colours of the Notrun catalogue ( just fewer coats ) with the bikes bing redesignated "73 models".
I am quite shure that the european tank lightnings came with red color, for 72, not sure about the tunderbolts, but a friend of mine has 73 Tunderbolt (manufactured in september 72) in original in red, this bike is still in original paint.
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I have bought the RS Paints version of Sterling Moss Green and it's nothing like it! Theirs is flat and too dark!
See here is the original tank and the inside of a side panel I sprayed with RS Paints version. The flash from the camera does alter the actual colour of the tank but you can see the RS Paint is miles away!
A Better likeness of the original tank
The closest is a UK colour of Rover Kensington metallic green but you will need your paint man to add a bit more metallic, I took in my original tank and that is what he mixed.
The white is UK Ford Diamond White.
Not that it is relevant to the year of your bike but RS paints version Of Dove Grey is RAL7032 when in fact the correct colour is RAL7044.
So if you are going to get a colour that is anywhere near right see if you can track down an original and get it colour matched.
That's interesting Andy, although RS say it isn't a candy, the original looks like it could be with the it having the metallic look to it and it changing a little in shade as the position of the camera alters.
(and see image 2 for the inside/outside aspect, the bright light shows its true colour, other wise to appearance of too much paint shows through)
Candy top paints will be really dark like your side panel if:
1) there is no candy base coat 2) too much candy top coat is applied over base
3) no lacquer applied or lacquer rubbed back ( and that makes it seem darker than no lacquer at all) If you want Andy, you can send me that tin of green and I can spray it over some of the BSA silver candy base.
I was well impressed with the red I got from them. ( and can't wait for summer to get some nice shots of the paintwork) The above was using a Honda red, this was the correct colour for a 68' lightning
i have owned or had 'joint custody' of this one for over 25 years as far as i can tell it is all original..
My 72 Thunderbolt is also red. But I got mine from the Grandson of the dealer and he said his grandfather painted it red . It was a gift for his son at the time and his son didn't like the bronze . I see no bronze under the chips in my paint though.
My understanding is the Infiniti color is a close match, the ingredients (including metallic content) are specified as shown. Unfortunately I cannot find the ingredients for the green one....
I should say the bronze turns from a bronzey color to an orangey red as ambient light becomes brighter. The test panel picture was taken with a flash so looks more red.
How close a match is it to the correct color? I am not sure, although it does look very attractive, especially under street lights. The Bike Test bike was a Lighting, not a Thunderbolt, so theoretically should have been red.......