Paint Color


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Paint Color

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How do I figure out what color my paint is?

I have a 2006 GL1800 and it looks like a gold color to me but I would like to verify it since I have some repair work to do on the plastic under the right hand mirror (damn sand!). Can I use the VIN and find out what color it is? The bike in my avatar is the bike I'm repairing but the color is not easy to tell in a picture.

It got scraped pretty good but in a fairly small area and I need to fill in, smooth, paint, and over coat. Something I haven't done yet but I would like to do it so I can get my bike back looking good. The air intake is also scraped but that is "chrome" so I can probably replace that fairly easily.

I also cracked the cowling, lower section, so I need to get that removed, checked, repaired along with anything underneath that I haven't looked at yet. I have been thinking of repairing it the way WingAdmin suggested but I want to get the color right first and see if I can find a company that I can get that paint color I need and the overcoat to better protect it.


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Re: Paint Color

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I forgot to mention, I may repaint the mirrors. The expense of getting them color matched was too much for me. So I bought after market in black and while it looks good, I haven't decided if I want to paint them to match the bike.

And being aftermarket, one light is much brighter than the other. I haven't looked at how to break open the mirror. Gotta look that up. I'll start and look at the bulbs first to make sure they are the same but the difference is really a lot. Bad ground? Just trying to decide.
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Re: Paint Color

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The color label is attached inside the fuel filler compartment lid.


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Re: Paint Color

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echinus1988 wrote: Fri May 01, 2020 7:21 pm How do I figure out what color my paint is?

I have a 2006 GL1800 and it looks like a gold color to me but I would like to verify it since I have some repair work to do on the plastic under the right hand mirror (damn sand!). Can I use the VIN and find out what color it is? The bike in my avatar is the bike I'm repairing but the color is not easy to tell in a picture.

It got scraped pretty good but in a fairly small area and I need to fill in, smooth, paint, and over coat. Something I haven't done yet but I would like to do it so I can get my bike back looking good. The air intake is also scraped but that is "chrome" so I can probably replace that fairly easily.

I also cracked the cowling, lower section, so I need to get that removed, checked, repaired along with anything underneath that I haven't looked at yet. I have been thinking of repairing it the way WingAdmin suggested but I want to get the color right first and see if I can find a company that I can get that paint color I need and the overcoat to better protect it.
Your color is called ... YR248M (TOPEKA GOLD METALLIC)

The Honda part number for a tube of touchup paint is ... 08P50-YR248M-PN

With that paint code, there may be many paint companies who produce a "match;" however, if you talk to someone who paints to match a lot of 5th gen Wings, such as trike builders, they will probably all tell you that trying to match OEM reds, yellow, oranges, and gold is nearly impossible. When they do, they orderer in OEM paint from USPaint.com. USPaint was the paint supplier for all 5th gens made in the USA.

https://www.uspaint.com/paints/Honda-Go ... GL1800.asp

As for cracked plastic. Because I'm in the business of 5th gen GW repair, I've seen hundreds of cracked plastic repair. Most all is not good and does not last. Basically, it's a waist of time. My advise, and since we now ride a m/c that is no longer made, if your plastic is still available from Honda, order it from Honda already painted instead. The reason ... here is what is likely to happen. First off, OEM paint is extremely expensive. When all said and done, new plastic painted by Honda is probably a cheaper. The other reason, if and when you find out your plastic repair did not hold, the OEM plastic may no longer be available. Below is the parts fishe to order in new.

https://www.mrcycles.com/oemparts/a/hon ... e457b/cowl
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Re: Paint Color

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Mike, thank you. I can't believe I have never noticed that!

Greg, I see what you're saying about the repair. The side is gouged but not cracked. The bottom is definitely cracked and I don't know if the little brackets behind it survived so I see what you're saying about that and will look into it and hopefully budget will allow.

As usual, this is the place to go to get answers.

Thank you and Ride Safe!


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