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Old 08-26-2008, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Triumph original paint/color sources

With thanx to "Bushy", here are two additional sources that some may or may not have for Triumph paint info.

Don Hutchinson is the U.S. source, albeit in original paint types that most modern paint shops refuse to use. www.triumphman.com

M.S. Motorcycles is the U.K. source, available in the typical 2-pack modern stuff
http://www.msmotorcyclesuk.com/

The Austrailian source is Owen Hayward, no website info
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Paint colour samples for my 1959 Bonnie arrived from Custom Colours in Australia, and they look spot-on. 2"x4" painted samples.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am not sure, but I will confirm that John Critchlow at MS Motorcycles supplies paint in CELLULOSE, not two pack. John IS the original source from where the colours were complied and distributed to these other guys around the world and he certainly used cellulose, I don't think he does modern two pack in the old Triumph colours, why would he? It's WRONG .....
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Old 09-02-2008, 03:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No need Roy, I deal with John and he ONLY uses cellulose. He says that you can't use the same formula for cellulose for other paint, so he would have to re-formulate all his colours, which is not a viable proposition.
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Old 09-02-2008, 02:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well the answer is in John's home page


TRICOLOUR’

Classic motorcycle paint.

‘TRICOLOUR’ Classic motorcycle paint was originally formulated for use on classic Triumph machines. The colours were matched to original Triumph factory samples to enable Hughie Hancox Restorations & M.S. Motorcycles to achieve the correct accurate colours for their ‘Show winning’ Triumph restoration and refinishing work.

The Triumph factory had ‘At least’ two different paint suppliers at any one time which would supply their variant of a particular colour, also there would sometimes be ‘Batch to batch’ variations of shade from the same supplier. It was not uncommon to see ‘Original’ bikes of varying shades of the same colour leaving the Triumph factory.

I guarantee that ‘TRICOLOUR’ paints are accurate matches to ‘At least’ one shade used by the Triumph factory but I can also guarantee that they will not match every variant of the same colour. Due to much interest at shows, these paints are available to the professional and home restorer. All you need to do is furnish us with your engine and frame numbers. We will advise as to the original ‘Standard and export option’ colours for your particular model. We can also help with Triumph colour layouts.

Most of the ‘TRICOLOUR’ range is ‘Cellulose’ based paint and is formulated to match the original Triumph type of finish. Colours can be mixed and supplied from stock without the need of you supplying a ‘Colour sample’. Cellulose paint can be used as a ‘Basecoat’ (Over-coated with a suitable clear lacquer) if preferred but it is recommended that the last coat of cellulose paint be left to dry for 24 hours to allow all the solvents to evaporate, before clear lacquering. This will minimise the risk of ‘Lacquer cracking’ at a latter date.

We do have a few of the ‘Solid’ colours formulated in Two-pack paint. (Please contact us for availability).

We also have formulations for some other Classic Marques colours and some of the ‘Modern’ motorcycle ‘Polyester Basecoat’ paints. (Again, please contact for availability)


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Old 11-21-2008, 12:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Anybody ordered paint or colour samples from the listed suppliers?
How was the paint or samples?
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Thanks for the info, But I cant get onto the tricolour page Bushy. Can you repost the link to Johns page. The forum just takes me to a blank URL.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You may want to copy and past this below and see how it comes out. I can't remember. Try that but I think there was a . (dot) between ms and motorcycles.
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ms.motorcycles.uk@ntlworld.com



Email :



Contact : John. Telephone: 07773296826



�TRICOLOUR� CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE PAINT.



TRIUMPH COLOUR SPECIALIST.



1000�S of colours, ready mixed or matched to your samples.







�INTERSEAL� FUEL TANK SEALANT.



Help and advice always available.

Try that but I think there was a . (dot) between ms and motorcycles
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I just contacted Don Hutchinson, and he confirmed that he is not dealing in lacquer anymore.

Has anyone in the States purchased paint from MS Motorcycles? Seems they're the only option for cellulose now, short of having someone who still works with lacquer custom mix colors.
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