I've been rebuilding an A65 from a box of bits over the last year or two and now need some advise on paint colour. The bike is a mix of parts, the frame being an early A65 star and the engine is a 68 firebird.
The tank that came with bike is a two gallon fibreglass item and has a 'Lightning' transfer on the top. IM not sure if the paint is original and as I want to spray the side panels to match the tank I need some advise on finding the correct colour.
From looking at the BSA specs there seem to be 2 A65 colours which are Royal Red or Flamboyant Red. I have inserted a pic of my tank and IM hoping someone can advise me which colour my tank is.
As IM planning on spraying the sidepanels using rattle can paint from a car parts shop, IM hoping someone can advise which car colour is a similar shade or provide the correct paint code.
I wouldnt be suprised if the colour cant be accuratley identified, in which case I may paint the tank and side panels together providing I can buy Royal/Flambouyant red, so heres hoping someone knows the paint codes or similar auto shade.
1968 A65 Firebird 1967 B44 Shooting Star 1972 Norton Commando
Use the tank. Seal the inside with Caswell's tank sealer or equivalent. They are fine when sealed (if done properly). I have done several. No subsequent problems with present day fuel.
Reds are the most difficult to reproduce on the internet, so the color we see in your image could be way off from its actual physical color.
There are a lot more red colors than the two you mentioned; Cherokee Red, Mandarin Red, and Peony Red come to mind. Flamboyand Red is a candy color. As Leon said, the color is in the gel coat, so there is no color codes for matching original paint since the tanks (fiberglass tanks anyway) were not painted.
Some automotive paint supply shops can electronically color match any paint color as long as an area of the paint is in good condition.
1967 BSA Wasp 1967 BSA Hornet (West Coast Model) 1967 BSA Hornet (East Coast Model) 1968 BSA Firebird Scrambler 1968 BSA Spitfire Mark IV
And reds fade a lot so what it was will be nothing like what it is now. Two options Find a red that you like and spray the lot or go to a auto paint store and get some made to match.
Even if they are the same, on the bike they will look different because of the effect of shadowing and the curvatures. Easiest solution is to put some clear on top and polish the hell out of it once it had hardened. A bit of shine will kill any colour difference.
Finally no matter what colour you use 1/2 of the morons you meet will tell you it is wrong