Lotus Elan

Paint formulation information.

PostPost by: AFRICAELAN007 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:50 pm

I am restoring a 1968 Elan S4 SE which left the factory in the Lotus Safety Yellow colour.
I am unable to find a good sample of the colour on the car to take and get paint mixed.
Being in Africa we do not have a friendly local paint supplier with old paint swatches to work from. Can anyone assist with the correct formulation for this colour? If I can get the formulation I can have the paint mixed locally. Importing paint is a real problem.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:30 am

I'm afraid its not that simple, every paint manufacture has a different formulation to arrive at the same colour.

I'm fairly sure the colour you mean is L07 Lotus Yellow but there may well be different shades of it.

Do you know what Paint manufacture your supplier uses?
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PostPost by: AFRICAELAN007 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:08 pm

My best bet here is to use Spies Hecker. These guys have a lot of good outlets and some people who know what they are doing.
On the internet is a Spies Hecker colour formulation website, but it does not recognise Lotus Elan Safety Yellow, pity. That's why I need help. Any advice or information will be appreciated.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:09 pm

Your car would have been Lotus Yellow, paint code no. 07, Lotus Part no. A036B6321V.

The Pinchin Johnson code was PJ 6170X3940; the ICI code was ICI P0309547; these paints are no longer available.

The Nexa code is 9547; the PPG code is 83526 and the Glasurit code is X3940. Lotus Yellow was available from mid 1967 onwards for Elans.

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sun Jan 18, 2015 12:33 pm

AFRICAELAN007 wrote:My best bet here is to use Spies Hecker. These guys have a lot of good outlets and some people who know what they are doing.
On the internet is a Spies Hecker colour formulation website, but it does not recognise Lotus Elan Safety Yellow, pity. That's why I need help. Any advice or information will be appreciated.


Spies Hecker can mix the colour.

PPG also list it (mine is PPG Deltron, sadly no longer available in the UK)

As others have said you need to ask for L07 Lotus Yellow, not "Safety Yellow"
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