BMW paint colors

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  1. woodly1069

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    I have been trying to find out what color my bike actually is so I can repaint it while it's cold outside. I came across this website:

    http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/schemepages/schemer75-5.htm

    But...it only says that my 1973 R75/5 could be one of two greens, Nurburg Green (Metallic) or Green (Metallic). So, how would I really know and once I find out can I order paint here in the states or do I have to get it from overseas?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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  2. photorider

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    I would check with Holt BMW in Athens, OH.
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    It's glasurit paint and is widely available in the US. It's tough to find anyone that will mix and sell you small quanitities though. Try getting a quote from a paint shop that can buy glasurit products. Hint, ask your local BMW dealer who they farm they paint work out to.
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    OK, good ideas guys! Thanks!
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  6. woodly1069

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    Hey Rob, the RS motorbike guys got back with me after I was asking a few questions about the paint and now I wonder if they are using the right process? I thought, or thought I was told, that the original process is a single stage from the factory but these guys are using a standard, up to date, two stage process with base coat, clear coat. Any thoughts on the original process that was used when the bikes were originally manufactured? Sure do love the late model look and shine but to me it doesn't seem to fit right on a 40 year old bike. I would like the pin striping to be on top of the color as well and not on top of some clear coat...
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    With a /5 USA I don't recall if you'd use a "Green" or a "Nurenburg Green" to be correct. Any decent paibnt shop can mix up that color from the Glasurit codes number or easily match from a clear and clean sample of the paint. It doesn't have to be (nor can it be, as it's a metallic paint color) an absolutely perfect match but you can get very, very close. No need to send off overseas or make a big production-- that will end up costing you a lot of $$$ for nothing gained.

    --Bill
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    OK Bill, that makes sense, but was the old stuff single stage enamel or lacquer as opposed to our current day urethanes or what not?
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    OK, guys, I have spoken with enough folks to kinda think I know what to do now so I will share. Evidently they stopped using single stage paints way before my bike was built in 1973 so it is one of two options for my green. The original Glasurit paint would have been paint code #074 Metallic green, base/clear or a #077 Nurburg Green metallic which is a three stage process. Either way there would have been white pin striping on top of the final coat of paint. So now all I have to so is figure out what color the bike actually is! Easy huh? :D
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    They pinstriped over the clear coat? You sure about that?
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    That's what I was told by more than one person and I am SURE that they did it on my bike. I guess I should say that they at least did it on some! I know the paint on my bike is original cause I bought it from the original owner...
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    I'm not saying it's not. I just find that surprising, but then again I know next to nothing about painting so...
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    Surprised the hell out of me too! Just wish some authority here or elsewhere would say otherwise. I have done quite a bit of research and that is what it sounds like to me. So...like everything else in life it is only my opinion, not set in stone. By the way, how is Mexico this time of year? I am freezing!
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  14. bikerfish

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    yes, I believe they pinstriped everything last. I have some tanks and fenders that the stripping is wearing off, but the paint is perfect otherwise, usually with clear coat, you can see where the clear is wearing off. of course, I'm never gonna touch it, I like the original worn look.
    I've seen Holt pinstripe some bikes, awesome to see in person, and again, no clearcoat over the pinstripe.
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    Thanks bikerfish! Just one more reason to believe...
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    I have heard that some pinstriping was done by the 'dealers' not always by the factory, but I think it only related to 'specials'?. I would assume that BMW put pinstriping on the outside for economic/production reasons. It is easier to paint/clear coat on a production line in one process rather than interupt to have the striping done by hand and then put tank back on the line. Remember we are going back to before modern digital dye vinyl stickers and the factory process probably used something like silk screening - better endurance? than new stickers but a lot more expensive. Current digital dye stickers dont have very good UV resistance and particulary red dye fade quickly - so modern stickers are under a clear layer to get UV protection. Back in the oldddd days of course the whole process was by hand and they could include paint additives (such as lead - good UV resistance) therefore the striping could have been under the clear or not.... but in the end does it really matter, one advantage if the paint is still good it is easy enough to replace the striping if it is on the outside (but make sure you use 'solid' (all they way through not just dye on top) coloured vinyl so it fades slower.).
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  18. Airhead Wrangler

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    Actually it wasn't that long ago. BMW did all their pinstriping by hand at least up until the late 70s and maybe even the early 80s.
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    I suppose it all depends, I met my first girlfriend in the '70s......that feels like a loooong time ago.:lol3
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