GS yellow paint alternatives?

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  1. bikejunkie

    bikejunkie Adventurer

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    Any one got any ideas of a match for the yellow on the airhead GS? Dealer here is clueless. I am painting the 'roo bar, fork lowers, and headlight grill so the color will be consistent, not worried about one piece not matching another. Thought of taking a sample of yellow to my autoparts store, finding a close match with a GM, Ford, import, etc. color code, and having a rattle can prepared. Thoughts?
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  2. bcostell

    bcostell Been here awhile

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    What I do is take a part to my local auto paint store (where you buy the paint). They will have a gizmo that will optically scan the part and produce a paint code which they can then mix for you. They can also advise you on the best clearcoat for your application.
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  3. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    This site has paint codes etc. for BMW's. There are also auto paint shops that will color match paints and sell you a spray can with the color you want. Usually you need to leave them a sample of bodywork with the right color. Not cheap but not horrible, last can I got was $25, $10 for match and $15 for the paint. JT


    http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/information.htm
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  4. el_Poderoso

    el_Poderoso World Travel Trainee

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    I have a Bumblebee and I have found that Ford's Carnary Yellow is damn near dead on. Go to an autobody supply store and hold it up to a color chip. If you are willing to pay big money, contact Holt BMW. If you want it done professionally, I've been painting 20+ years and can turn it around in a week.
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  5. bikejunkie

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    Thanks, el Pondoroso. I found a '02 Mazda color (H7, I think) was also close. I did check into paint chips and found that a Ford yellow was a close match (I think I came up with 'Chrome' yellow, but it was a Ford chip). I might try the 'canary'. Any idea what year Ford used this color?
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  6. el_Poderoso

    el_Poderoso World Travel Trainee

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    I saw the color on a 2002 Ford truck. Mazda and Ford often use the same colors, since they are basically the same company. I think you found it.
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  7. cpatstone

    cpatstone N00b, obviously.

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    Hey Bikejunkie,
    I was dealing with the same question earlier this year. You could probably search the forum. Note that all of the above are news to me. I personally found two yellows that are very close, using the seat vinyl as the reference: federal safety yellow, IE schoolbus yellow (available at most car parts stores), and John Deere yellow (available where you buy John Deere parts). In the end, I bought a set of sliders that are yellow, and still haven't installed them.

    Cheers -
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  8. moosehead

    moosehead Been here awhile

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    Go to local TSC store (or any John Deere tractor dealer) and get JD Tractor Yellow - damn close. Did mine with it
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  9. ozadvntr

    ozadvntr Planning that trip, again

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    AS was stated earlier, we did this some time ago, I am sure I found the Paint code and entered it here. Did you do a search?

    Mick
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  10. cpatstone

    cpatstone N00b, obviously.

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