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Postby mikeybizzle » 31 May 2016 13:49

Hi , does any one have the colour/code for the early 80s 350 sport ?
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby EVguru » 31 May 2016 16:00

What day of the week?
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby mikeybizzle » 31 May 2016 16:34

That bad is it ?
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby Coxey » 01 Jun 2016 05:43

EVguru wrote:What day of the week?


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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby Daddy Dom » 02 Jun 2016 04:51

I suppose what you can deduce from these replies is it's not an exact science. :)
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby mikeybizzle » 02 Jun 2016 07:19

Thanks for the helpful replies .
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby MarkB » 02 Jun 2016 07:50

Try calling NLM to see what they use. I know they use VW Mars red for the early Sports, but the later ones are more sort of crimson-y. People aren't being flippant about their answers: last year at the Morini rally we had a game called Fifty Shades of Red: throw a dart at a board with 50 squares of red card on it to determine the correct one for Morinis...
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby corsaro chris » 02 Jun 2016 20:58

That's probably the science that Luigi used in the Factory at Bologna, Mark...

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Good riding, now that Spring is almost here...

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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby MickeyMoto » 03 Jun 2016 06:33

MarkB wrote: People aren't being flippant about their answers: last year at the Morini rally we had a game called Fifty Shades of Red: throw a dart at a board with 50 squares of red card on it to determine the correct one for Morinis...


What a waste of a good bike....
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby MarkB » 03 Jun 2016 07:30

It was quite heavy and Tom was a bit upset.
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby corsaro chris » 03 Jun 2016 08:22

Ruffled his feathers a bit, then? Toms' Dart is probably the lightest around despite the 501 engine. Never really saw the point in carbon shafted darts, but carbon Darts (he said with a little envy...)

On a serious note, and as Mark says, later Sports were a redder shade but not as dark as the K2 from the later 80s. Red fades over time (especially Italian reds in the sun) and photographs can be notoriously difficult to colour match. NLM might be able to match, and they'll also offer to paint a tank for you,

Good luck

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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby vtwinguy » 03 Jun 2016 19:22

When I had my 500 back in the 80's I used a Ford colour called "Sunset".
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby George 350 » 06 Jun 2016 09:19

Hi Mike,

Re the original colour, as has been said above, there isn't really a 100% 'correct' colour.
If you want to touch in a scratch or similar, then there are paintshops around that will mix and match to a sample part you take to them. That way it should account for fade.

If you want to go back to as close to original as you can, (providing it hasn't ever been sprayed in the past!) use this route and get the colour matched to say the inside of a side panel, ie where UV light hasn't discoloured it.

If you are doing a respray of the whole bike, then have a look at Ford Radiant Red, or if that is too bright for you, then slightly darker is Ford Rosso Red, while VW Tornado Red is slightly darker still, but all suit the Morini.

For what it's worth, mine is now Radiant red and when I resprayed the tank 3 years ago I stuck with the same colour as to me it looks 'right', but my bike has also worn the other colour's I mentioned during the last 38 years.

No Morini owner would ever criticise you if you choose a colour that YOU like. Thankfully the MRC doesn't include too many rivet counters.

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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby mikeybizzle » 06 Jun 2016 17:19

Thanks for some helpful and constructive answers . :)
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Re: Paint colours/codes

Postby SupermotoDave » 06 Jun 2016 17:36

The colour is less important than proper hand painted pin striping :-)

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