bike paint colour matches

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27/07/2002 at 22:31
HI, looking for a similar paint match for the following Honda colour:the colour is white (NH193P- PEARL WHITE ) anyone know a car colour to the nearest match ?? needing a cheap touch up paint pen from halfords.
any help much appreciatted.

28/07/2002 at 09:15
johny wrote

HI, looking for a similar paint match for the following Honda colour:the colour is white (NH193P- PEARL WHITE ) anyone know a car colour to the nearest match ?? needing a cheap touch up paint pen from halfords.
any help much appreciatted.

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31/07/2002 at 14:37
Some Halford stores can mix up a paint match for u.

I hade some done about a month ago. Brilliant



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31/07/2002 at 14:55
RS paint wilkl do it..Number in post above..Ive used them before.. can recommend them

31/07/2002 at 21:01
I "tried" to use RS paint,I think its a waste of money.I found it so thin that it would not cover until you had so much on that it would run.Go to a car place and take a sample of the paint,a small panel.They have swabs with holes in and you can get a really good match this way.I spray one to two bikes a year(complete bikes) and always use car paint.The BM below is Fiat Rosso red.
21/12/2008 at 23:40
27/12/2008 at 13:18

don't use halfords paints,they're the worst quality conceivable!try

they've got a good selection.

Also take your time on them,prepare with 240/400,sand between coats with 1500 and allow good drying time (1-2 hrs depending on conditions) between coats.don't forget temperature is critical,take the piece indoor and warm it on a radiator(my missus loves this part) and clean them well as dust and dirt will show.good luck

27/12/2008 at 14:14
I've never had a problem purchasing genuine touch up paint from the manufacturer.  Sometimes it's a bit expensive but still normally cheaper than RS Bike Paints.

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05/08/2010 at 18:30
I used RS Paints earlier this year. Found my colour on their website & got a lot of helpful advice - the match to my Fireblade was bang on.
10/09/2011 at 21:32
Is there anyone who used a RS paint candy colour ore a translucent pearl colour (this means y've got to use a groundcoat)? How was the colour match is what i'd like to know
29/02/2012 at 18:53

I have used RS Bike Paints touch up and spray paint on many bikes. They're a mixed bag. I got an exact match from them on these paints:

2002 Honda CBR600 red, non metallic and black frame paint (aerosol)

1998 Kawasaki ZX-6R lime green, non metallic

Others were absolutely nowhere near:

2003 Honda Silverwing, silver metallic

2001 Honda Silverwing, pearl blue metallic

2001 Yamaha Thundercat, red candy metallic

2001 Yamaha Thundercat silver frame paint

1998 Kawasaki ZX-6R frame paint

1999 Kawasaki ZX-7R frame paint

1989 Yamaha RXS100 engine casing paint aerosol

2000 Honda VTR1000 red, non metallic

In my experience you have no chance of getting a metallic or candy paint from them to match the intended bike while some solid non metallic colours may match but don't count on it. I still use them because I haven't found anything better and a non-matching touch up is still better than leaving the scratches

Edited: 29/02/2012 at 18:55
29/02/2012 at 19:59
Would have to agree with pedro, halfords paints are poor quality!
Go to, Mal is the guy that runs it just tell him your paint code and he will mix you an exact match. Mine cost me £8 for a colour and lacquer kit.
25/09/2012 at 14:06

Have to say I've always used RS Paints in the past & found them to be very good


25/09/2012 at 23:26

I agree with Reedster2

18/04/2013 at 17:15

I tried to use RS paint, I think its a waste of money. Colour does not match. I Asked for refund. They responce to it was that I used too much paint for sample so I need to proove colour is wron by sending a panel from scooter. Customer service is horrible.



21/04/2013 at 20:43

Hmmm, sorry to hear that, but again, I know loads of people that have used them, loved them and recommended them. I've always found their customer service and expertise to be top-notch...

03/01/2014 at 19:40

I would recommend them too try speaking to Phil Allen, he's very helpful and knowledgeable:


RS Paints, email Phil Allen on]  Tel: 01707 273219



03/10/2014 at 19:56

Can i just say after reading comments on RS paint's that if you are buying 1970's motorcycle colours the likes of Suzuki GT etc, then these colours were known as "Candy" finishes it is a two stage process dependent on the top colour paint which is refereed to as a "tint" only, then the base coat colour {after priming} is always Mt silver, the shade of silver varies dependent on the top colour tint choice , there are several shades of silver base coats dependant on the top color tint choice, you CANNOT apply just the top colour "tint" coat, it wont work,!!  and as someone stated above "its too thin" no its not its meant to go on top of a silver base coat, you cannot use a "tint" colour on its own no it wont cover anything, thats not its purpose.RS wiull normally supply the appropriate base silver colour AND the top coat "TINT" you buy the 2 as a pair, once the base coat silver has been applied you only need one ,or in some cases 2 coats of top colour "tint" . The Tint is the same consistency as ladies nail varnish it works as a "see thru" colour and reflects back at you the silver base coat beneath, quite clever for the day i think thats were the phrase candy comes from you can see thru the top colour at the metallic particles sparking back at you from the base silver paint, to finish it all off it was then clear laquered over the top, hope that helps anyone who might be struggling with these colours i have to admit that RS motorcycle paints do provide the best original colour matches on these of 70's colours bar none,!1 BUT if its not applied properly then the finished item can turn out very different, regards all.

06/12/2014 at 07:00
RS paint. Don't touch them with a stick. customer service is shocking. They don't want to help they want your money. Simple as that.
04/02/2016 at 17:02

I use metallic finish RS Paints for my 1970's Suzuki GT projects. They have always been right on in terms of colour and quality. Not cheap but worth it. I am currently doing a candy coat (GT550) in Rose Red so will let you know how it turns out.

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