Gaaak! More Pearl White Purgatory!


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Gaaak! More Pearl White Purgatory!

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Hi folks,
I have a 93 GL1500SE with one of the variations of "Pearl White" paint. Looking at http://www.goldwingworld.com/pages/kleuren.htm for color codes, my '93 should be Pearl Glacier White NH326P. That is the numerical color code that shows up under the gas tank lid. When I go to ColorRite, they show the 1993 year SE with NH326M


. They were kind enough to send sample to match against. It looked good, but it was too hard to tell under different lighting.




I went ahead and ordered a full kit from them, and of course, the colors don't match - it's a bluer or whiter white than my Wing. (Top one is newly painted, without clearcoat). You can see the other deflector has a slight yellowish tinge to it. I suppose it could simply be the age of the bike.....


From other posts, I've seen mention of a Pearl Pacific White, which is supposed to have a more yellow tinge to it, but that color number and year doesn't come close (NH251P) to the lid label (I believe it showed in in 1997).

I guess my question here is - has anyone found a reliable match for this color? If so, where?

Thanks.....

Steve



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When you say you got the full kit, does that mean you got the proper base coat as well?
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Hi,

Its not the best picture of my bike and the paint I applied but I've done the trunk, lower front fairing, spoiler, and other parts using the paint from the provider below. It is factory color, so if you use it like any new and old paint you will have apply in layers until you get the best match. When people, who know my bike, look they find it hard to find the parts I've painted. They even include a can of clear. After application I've used 1,000 grit and wet sanded to get it as flat as the factory applied paint, I've been happy with it.

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MikeB wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:32 pm
When you say you got the full kit, does that mean you got the proper base coat as well?
Yes, it’s the proper base coat listed for that color...

Steve

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Spray the clear before you say it does not match. Clear will change the tone due to different light reflection.

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aholloway17 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:44 pm
Hi,

Its not the best picture of my bike and the paint I applied but I've done the trunk, lower front fairing, spoiler, and other parts using the paint from the provider below. It is factory color, so if you use it like any new and old paint you will have apply in layers until you get the best match. When people, who know my bike, look they find it hard to find the parts I've painted. They even include a can of clear. After application I've used 1,000 grit and wet sanded to get it as flat as the factory applied paint, I've been happy with it.

Good Luck

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Thanks - That storefront sells ColorRite brand too, and I think that's the real issue here. I don't think ColorRite has the correct color listed for my 93. They list the correct color name, but not the correct color code. They have even admitted not knowing about NH326P.

Steve

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tnt9339 wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:56 am
Spray the clear before you say it does not match. Clear will change the tone due to different light reflection.

Tony
Thanks Tony,
I will try that. I was holding off spraying the clear just in case I could get a better color match, but I'll give it a go anyway.

Steve

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Some of the Orileys stores have there own paint mixing departments. The silver steel wheels on the toyota needed painting so they took a picture of the wheel and off of that mixed a spray can of silver paint even with the tiny flakes and it was perfect and with a coat of clear look nice. Twenty dollars for a can mixed. They also mix into a can for your gun.
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redbug wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:04 am
Some of the Orileys stores have there own paint mixing departments. The silver steel wheels on the toyota needed painting so they took a picture of the wheel and off of that mixed a spray can of silver paint even with the tiny flakes and it was perfect and with a coat of clear look nice. Twenty dollars for a can mixed. They also mix into a can for your gun.
That might work except here is a picture of my "gun":-) $150 worth of spray paint...


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That's it! Had great results!
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I can tell you, my father spend 30 years as an Auto Body and paint guy, he hated white. The is only one black, black is black. But white has a million variations and even a new car and paint ordered from the factory can be off. Talk to any body shop guy and they will tell you, white is the hardest color to match.

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oldmopars wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:58 am
I can tell you, my father spend 30 years as an Auto Body and paint guy, he hated white. The is only one black, black is black. But white has a million variations and even a new car and paint ordered from the factory can be off. Talk to any body shop guy and they will tell you, white is the hardest color to match.
only after silver, I think silver is the hardest followed by white. I think the reason the white on the 97 has that sort of yellowish look is because it has gold pearl in it. or at least mine seems to. when I painted my sidecar to match that was how I managed to get the color close
to the bike was by blending a little gold pearl with the silver in the clear coat

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My 96 SE is also white and I hope I never need to paint it.

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Well, 3 topcoats and 3 clearcoats later, and the air deflector is back on the bike. Not a great match, but better than black....




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Great job, it looks good to me.
I have noticed on these bikes because of the 50 different plastic panels and all the different angles, a slight miss match in the paint is not really obvious unless it is pointed out. I am sure that unless you say something to someone and point it out, nobody will ever notice it.



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