The bike has been stripped and ready to go to powder coat. The picture is with genuine fork from donor bike below.
and here is the parts donor bike
This donor bike has most of its original parts on the bike except saddle, tyres, handlebar grips. Looks alright and felt a bit guilty using it as a donor but after stripping down, I noticed that right BB cup is perfectly cross threaded by previous service and couldn't get the right cup removed therefore, it is perfect donor now
Now the colour became a bit of problem.
As I am taking it to powder coating Armourtex in East London, I have to come up with RAL code. The original paint work looks like metallic white. In RAL code there are 4 whites;
RAL 9001 Cream
RAL 9003 Signal White
RAL 9010 Pure White
RAL 9016 Traffic White
You might know that it is a bit of nightmare to find out one RAL colour actually how it look like.
Google image search doesn't help much and colour sample of same colour does look different between different samples!
In the end, I have found this genius site where you can convert RAL colour into RGB.
http://www.dirp.cz/en/ral-colour-sample ... ion-to-rgb
This way, if you make the colour on your photoshop or web browser, you can compare the colour against pure black or pure white that would be great help than looking at the colour sample on web with obscure colour standard.
RAL 9001 Cream 255, 252, 240 (Red, Green, Blue)
RAL 9003 Signal White 255, 255, 255
RAL 9010 Pure White 250, 255, 255
RAL 9016 Traffic White 252, 255, 255
It reveals that 9003 is actually most balanced white without bias to any R or G or B (in theory)
The courier's paintwork is white with slight hint of warmness, not definately blue-ish (like electric socket).
Means, 9010 and 9016 are out because these are slightly less red (250 and 252) result in blue-ish white.
I liked 9001 Cream but it is rather reddish and calling it white is a lie.
So I decided to go with 9003 which is most neutral white and closest match.
I hope age and metallic flake will make the white warmish