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Old 11-24-19, 09:52 PM
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Bianchi Celeste touch up

I recently purchased a 1983 Bianchi Specialissima that is in need of a fair amount of Celeste touch up. Celeste shades changed over time. The frame has been touched up before, but it doesn't match the base color. Does anyone know of a source of Celeste touch-up that might be a better match. Thank you!



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Old 11-24-19, 10:01 PM
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I doubt you'll find the exact colour - as you say, Celeste is a moving target.

I've followed Ray Dobbins touch up guide with a high degree of success: After Touchup
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I came so close to buying that. My thoughts, what I have done before is bring it to the kindest "auto paint supply" in town.

They will have a "computer" to match the paint, but matching by eye (after getting a headstart from the computer) is far far superior. This is why you need the kindest auto supply in town.

In my town it is $20 to computer match, additional $30 for "by eye", and then about $20 for paint.
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For that kind of cost for a computer match for a touch up...it's still just touching it up. Consider an entire repaint and new decals.
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I came so close to buying that. My thoughts, what I have done before is bring it to the kindest "auto paint supply" in town.

They will have a "computer" to match the paint, but matching by eye (after getting a headstart from the computer) is far far superior. This is why you need the kindest auto supply in town.

In my town it is $20 to computer match, additional $30 for "by eye", and then about $20 for paint.
This. When trying to find touch up paint for my "white" Bottecchia, I discovered there is no such thing is common white, and 40 years of oxidation had altered the hue. I found a local auto paint jobber in town and they mixed a custom blend that matched perfectly.

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I have the same frame set (and love it!) which had several spots about 1 cm in size that needed work. The guy I bought it frame sent it with a touch up kit from this place

https://www.automotivetouchup.com

It included flat gray primer, the Celeste and brush on clear coat and some fine sandpaper. It wasn’t a perfect match and it took several tries before I was happy. I think I might have added a little white to it to match up better. When I look at the site I couldn’t find the color but maybe if you email them.



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I have a more precise mix, but you can get pretty darn close with the colors below, plus a little black:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ste-match.html

I had my match scanned and it came out close. Here's the mix:

Nason Ful-thane single stage IS
Spectramaster
code GS334
Tinting guide: for 16 oz:
430-03 H.S. White 137.3
430-07 Ochre 171.5
430-11 Green 195.9
430-02 Carbon black 203.7
435-82 Nason 2.8 VOC SS binder 486.8
441-21 Medium ful base redu 528.5
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home depot.

about $10. for a small jar.they will use a scanner type hand held tool which will match the color.brought a Yeti in for the teal & when dried was a perfect match.may need to clear coat for durability.
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Thank you for everyone's suggestions!
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