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My 1967 D7 is Sapphire Blue and I may ( or may not) want to give it a respray at some point so I had a look at the suggested equivalent, RAL 5015, but all the colour patches I have seen have had variations in shade and most look just a tad too dark.

I appreciate that my paintwork may have faded over the years but I am sure that, somewhere, I will find a non faded patch and when I do, I shall just take it to my local paint shop and get them to match it for me.

They did a great job at matching the paint for my old BMW which I have just rebuilt and they supplied some two pack in rattle cans which turned out very well indeed. So good in fact that I have been asked a few times who did my paintwork.

The question is academic at the moment because I've not yet decided whether to go for an oily rag job or a full restoration. It all depends on how good I can get the rather worn out tank looking without actually having to respray it. The jury is still out on that one.

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your  life  relys   on  how  good   the   thing  runs  and   stops,,., not  the  paintwork    an  oily  rag  job   well  be very  pleasing and  you  dont  have to  think   painwork   every time  you  have  fun  out  on  a run

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You should be able to get an original colour from where the sun don`t shine....inside of toolbox etc.

Good luck and enjoy the old gal.


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Welcome to the forum and good luck with your restoration. You will get people who tell you to keep it as an oily rag, and you will get others who suggest a full restoration. Just remember its your machine, and you do with it what you want to do, whatever pleases you. My favourite Bantam is my friends, and its bright metallic orange! Its a really good runner too.

I wouldn't worry too much about colour. BSA weren't fussy about it, and I don't think we should be either. Pick a colour that pleases you and go with it.

Current bikes......1958 D5, a 77 Suzuki GT250 and a 77 Honda CB125S. I have a 74 Kawasaki S3 400 and a B175 waiting for restoration. A 1980 Honda CB400N waiting for MOT.  Everyday ride is a 2011 Harley Davidson Sportster. 

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