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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Hi All,

Now this is an emotive question!
What colour is Gios Blue?
I am restoring an early 80s Gios torino Super Record and I would like to match the colour as best I can. I will then ask ARGOS Cycles to do the respray.
It would seem that Gios themselves used various shades over the years. The early ones being a bit darker than the later ones.
I have also seen a reference on the web to Gios using a red undercoat, maybe that might be good to use? But I would have thought that undercoat colours were more important when using metallic finishes?
I do have a new old stock set of forks (thanks to Brick Lane Bikes) to use as a means of matching the colour.
ARGOS have RAL 5002 blue, but is is not very close to the original colour on the forks.

My local motor trade paint supplier says that the forks don't provide enough surface area to use a spectrometer to help with the matching?

I have found a Skoda colour, '4402 Laser blue STANDARD' which looks quite close.
Anyone got any better suggestions? Maybe some Retrobike member has passed this way before and solved the issue with a perfect match? If so please let me have the paint code so I can get some mixed.

Cheers,
Nick.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:05 pm 
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Nick
Might not help as you'd have to talk to other paint companies but in my Gios Link in my Signature is a list of guys who have sprayed Gios. I know my local Painter who has done my RM also has a Gios Blue, but like yours mine is an 80/81 & is darker than the Aluminium frames were...Let me know if you get sorted as I'll be in the same boat...
Andy


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:53 pm 
Old School Hero

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Hello - I have a super record & remember a rambling article somewhere about the original clouor having pigments which are now banned due to toxicity. Ill try & find it. in the meantime this looks pretty good

http://www.yellowjersey.org/rpn.html


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:16 pm 
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Yeah! Looks good but pity they're in USA...


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:31 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

Trust me to first find the unobtainable bike and then the also unobtaniable forks with the coins in the top; and now find the colour is also next to impossible to match!
Ah well, keep looking I guess. It would not be so much fun if it was easy.
I have spoken to one owner who ended up getting Race Scene in Barnsley to send his frame back to Gios to get it painted!

My next line is to leave the forks with my local paint supplier and let them see what their paint mixing team can come up with.

Cheers,
Nick.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:40 am 
Old School Hero

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Hello again - found it but not sure it will help -
http://www.cyclart.com/storyaccurate.html

Might need a trip to Iran!

Possibly they would help with a contact though.
Worth trying some of the long established English finishers - Ellis Briggs, Vaz?

I gave mine a good polish recently & it came up very well, some touch up needed here & there so if you get lucky please let me know.
Good hunting, Julian


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 Post subject: Gios Blue
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:04 pm 
Retro Guru

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C & G finishers have the correct colour and can do a top job at a good price..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52797278@N ... otostream/


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