on my gl 1500 se the color is candy spectra red with the daker red inserts, my right trunk sticker i damaged i purchased a new one which is ,honda part stripe r type 7 81115-mam-l70zd i was told by the honda parts dealer this is the correct for my bike. But instead of being the darker red color which is on my bike and outlined with a lighter red stripe,the replacement sticker looks more like a black color with a yellow stripe outlining the black,my color codes on my bike are r-176c and r-176k i know this is candy paint but once applied over the sticker will it be the correct of my bike does anyone know. Thanks:?
Here is a snippet from my post there that may help you understand how it works:
" I'm no painter myself, but I had a '94 Wing that was the same R176c color code they used through '00. As I recall from getting some work done, the base coat is a bright silver, with a sort of translucent candy red "clear" applied. I can't remember if there's a "clear" clear on top of that. I do remember how they get the two-tone, though. It's a decal on top of the silver, and under the red. For that bike, the decal is actually a charcoal color in the field, with a yellow pinstripe. Sounds crazy, I know, but when you spray the red over the top of it, it turns out the way you see it on your Wing. Other colors, like my current blue Wing, the decal was the final color and simply had a true clear coat on top of it. You can see this by ordering the "stripe" from Honda. The one on the top of the trunk is probably the cheapest due to size. Because of this decal effect, Honda doesn't actually have a paint in the dark red color, so any color code you find for it is something made up by the paint company. PPG has the closest match, and you can also order paint from Bushtec trailer company (or at least you used to could). Bushtec spent a lot of time matching those colors because that used to be a big deal to them. Their matches were always spot on.
One other thing: Know what your instructions said about two or three coats? What they really mean is two coats is a different appearance than three. If you're really matching your Goldwing's color, you'll need to make some test panels with different numbers of coats to see which one looks right out in the sun. It all depends on how many passes the Honda painter made on the assembly line with the red layer. One guy might have made two, second shift might have made three passes over the part with the spray gun. Any good painter can tell you candy colors are the hardest to match for this reason. Often times, if you order a replacement part for a 1500 Wing in some other color, you can see around the back side of it where they attempted to paint it red and it didn't turn out right. Rather than try again with the red, they simply sand it and run it through the line with the next color batch (they paint 20 sets at a time in the same color)."