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Thread: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    Looks great Tom. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I heard red was the most expensive paint because of the pigments used. I did my 62 red but it was such a long time ago.

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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    Dewey, I didn't ask how much the can of paint cost. I didn't need to get it from Pierce because it's a valid DuPont code, and readily available.
    Paint itself is cheap compared to the labor required to get to the point of actually applying paint. Tons of prep work, and as we all know, the paint job is only as good as the prep.
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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    Red, Yellow, and Orange are expensive pigments which come from cadmium. I think there are substitutes for cadmium, but they are inferior to cadmium for permanence, and brilliance. I believe cadmium is expensive because it is often found in countries with volatile governments, and it's also very poisonous, and dangerous to handle.

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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    Very nice Tom. Committing to a color is sometimes a hard decision.
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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    I think outdoors with all the trim and up against the black frame and wheels it will pop like the colorite pic. Good choice Tom....


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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    That Colorarite photo is a bit deceptive. It was taken in certain conditions that make it look a deep, rich, luxurious red- late in the day, in the shadows, taken at dusk. There are several photos of that motorcycle on the website, and only that photo has that luxurious appearance.
    In fact, I was expecting that deep dark red, and when I saw the color going on the tanks for the first time, I was quite taken aback. I even suggested to the painter that there was some mistake, that's not the color!
    Only when I dug deeper into the Colorwrite website did I see the more normal tones of the red.
    Yes, it can take on those deep dark hues when the lighting conditions are just right, but normally it's more 'reddish'.
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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    That motorcycle in the Colorwrite photo has several inaccuracies from a restoration standpoint. The most obvious is the plug on the side of the dash for the speedometer stop- it should be painted. The trip meter filler piece on the other side should be unpainted cadmium.
    Also notice the switch cover is a repop, and not one of Debbie Palmer's.
    But the Santay shift knob is cool...!
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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    Boyd Coddington had a patented red color, and I believe 'Coddington Red' is generally a deeper red in natural light. However, color is very subjective, and like you said, Tom; it will look different in different light. I really notice that when I see a red car and I'm wearing my Ray Ban sunglasses. I always think it's a beautiful shade of red, until I take off the sunglasses and the color looks completely different.

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    Re: 1952 FL Restoration--- A Mock-Up Assembly

    I've grown fond of Ferrari Red.
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    Stunning and beautiful!!! Good choice Tom and waiting impatiently to see it assembled on the frame. Your 52 is going to be soooo nice.

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