To your point, the power coating is a fantastic option. Unfortunately, I’ve had trouble with it here in my area. The places that do it take too long, or only want to do large jobs. With that said, I’ve stayed away from it and just painted them with automotive paint. The last time I tried to get carriers powder coated they wanted to bundle them in with another job that was being run in a white color that I didn’t like. They want to wait until they have enough work in a certain color before they will run the jobs. My carriers sat for 6 months before I went and took them home. It’s too bad really because I would really like to have them powder coated. I gave up on having it done. Kind of like you said, “… lack of choice…” (ref. color)
I have looked at the pictures of your safari many times on Ken’s pages. Very, very nice machine. Your bike was one of my references used for selection of proper carrier color and the reason why I am leaning towards a pure white over the first mix of off white paint I had made up. Thanks for your opinion. Because of bikes like yours, I was thinking that my match was bad and that I needed to rethink what I was doing.
Once of the things we did when we founded the Sunbeam Alpine Owners Club of America was to create a color reference library. We pulled color samples from painted areas on parts that were hidden from light sources and weather. Taking these samples we spent a lot of time working with a local paint shop who helped us split the hairs and match paint that was very spot on to the factory color. We then painted color samples that could be mailed off to owners who wanted to match paint. This helped to get the correct looking colors out there and create a standard on not only exterior paint, but engine and component colors too.
This works today because you can’t really call out a paint reference code that your local paint shop can mix from. Paint brands, tint, and dyes al change too quickly! By providing members with a painted color square, paint can be matched in any brand, at any shop by use of a spectrometer or by eyeball.
This might be something the Moulton club could find value in?? I have already matched many of the Moulton colors based upon color samples found in areas behind the head badge as I’ve worked on restoring bikes in my collection. I’d be willing to share my work if the club could find value in it.