B LE Paint codes

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Liskeard BLE
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B LE Paint codes

Post by Liskeard BLE » Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:44 pm

Good evening one and all.

I'm having a bit of paint work done on my B LE.

Does anyone have any up to date codes or information please????

Many thanks Nigel

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Re: B LE Paint codes

Post by Ian Fozzard » Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:57 pm

Nigel, have a look at this site, from the US MG Experience forum:

http://www.teglerizer.com/mgcolors/index.html

It may or may not provide the information you require!!

Ian F
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1961 Midget, 948cc, Clipper Blue, Blue trim and weather gear

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Re: B LE Paint codes

Post by Michael Barclay » Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:54 pm

Hello Nigel
On Le cars the original paint codes should be shown on the chassis plate.
You don’t say whether your car is a roadster or GT.
Try the following
Gt Pewter Metalic Paint code BLVC377 or MMD
Roadster Bronze metallic Paint code BLVC370 or BMC
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Re: B LE Paint codes

Post by Peter Cresswell » Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:33 pm

You have to be very careful with BMC/BL paint codes particularly if you are only painting some of the panels. There are often several shades of the same colour. Tartan Red is notorious and is known to have at least 3 shades. Reds also fade and most car sprayers almost run away if you want a wing painting for example, as they know it will be almost impossible to get an exact match. Late colours are not immune particularly the LE Bronze, as this picture (taken on the MGB 50 Anniversary Tour to Silverstone) shows 3 LE Roadsters in different shades of Bronze:
LEs in different colours.JPG
The pewter colour of LE GTs may be slightly better. The paints were sourced from several different suppliers by BMC and BL and Clausager lists these along with the paint codes. If you want a uniform shade of a colour the only way to get it is a full respray.
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Re: B LE Paint codes

Post by Ian Fozzard » Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:01 pm

Absolutely right Peter! My BGT is "Blaze", and even in the 1970's the cellulose I bought could be obtained in two shades - "clean" and "dirty" (from Ault and Wiborg, Blaze No 1 and Blaze No 2).
Presumably because this orange shade changes very quickly as it weathers.
The shades available now in cellulose do not make any similar distinctions, but each one from each source is subtlety different. They also look quite different under fluorescent light and under daylight as I have discovered!
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1961 Midget, 948cc, Clipper Blue, Blue trim and weather gear

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Re: B LE Paint codes

Post by Liskeard BLE » Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:55 pm

Thank you to all that have posted. Your help and advice has been much appreciated.

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