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Old 01-15-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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BMW paint colors

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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Old 01-15-2013, 06:57 AM   #2
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I would check with Holt BMW in Athens, OH.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:05 AM   #3
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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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Old 01-15-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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OK, good ideas guys! Thanks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #5
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These guys ship to the states but the cost of postage may kill it for you http://www.rsbikepaint.com/en-us/col...&prodyear=1973
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #6
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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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Old 01-16-2013, 09:09 AM   #7
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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.

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Old 04-24-2015, 03:41 AM   #8
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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 am looking into this at the moment and have been thinking exactly the same. Modern two-pack paints, clear over base, just don't look like anything from the 70s. Wayyyy higher gloss levels. Modern paint is glorious but doesn't look period-authentic to me.

We need someone with an original BMW paint job to test by rubbing with solvent - alcohol, and then again with some acetone. If neither will shift it then its a match for modern paints. Anyone want to do this for me on their pride and joy? Anyone?
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:01 AM   #9
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I doubt anyone ever offered any metallic paint schemes that weren't clear coated. You would get a very uneven look when the paint wore. Also, metallic coats are sprayed thin to make them pop, they're translucent so they would need protection, including UV.
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As suggested earlier, call Holt BMW in Athens, Ohio. He does professional painting and uses Glasurite paint. He is factory certified to paint new replacement parts for BMW. His name is Kent Holt and will sell you the proper paint.
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:34 PM   #11
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I doubt anyone ever offered any metallic paint schemes that weren't clear coated. You would get a very uneven look when the paint wore. Also, metallic coats are sprayed thin to make them pop, they're translucent so they would need protection, including UV.
Oh, I don't doubt that they used clear over base in the 70s, at least on the metallics. My question is whether it was solvent (single pack) or catalysed (two pack) paint. Modern two pack paints have a depth and gloss that looks un-naturally excellent on old bikes.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:18 PM   #12
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When i had my 1973 repainted the body shop matched the paint under the side panels.
Audi Cricket Green Metallic matched.
They were surprised the original paint was base/clear.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:14 AM   #13
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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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Old 01-16-2013, 12:52 PM   #14
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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?
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #15
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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?
They pinstriped over the clear coat? You sure about that?
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