1978 GS550 paint colors

scott s

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I'm working on a 1980 GS550E project (with a Katana 750 engine swap...build thread in the projects section).
I recently found a VERY nice 1978 tank on eBay. From the pics, it looked black. When I opened the box, it looked black. As I was clay barring and waxing it, I noticed a blue tint. When I put the tail section next to it (also from a '78), it was obvious that one was blue and one was black.

The tank is a very dark, midnight blue. I believe it to be original paint. What was this color called? Is there a paint code or modern equivalent? I paid too much money for the nicest tail cowl I could find, thinking I would just run O.G. paint parts. But now I need to have the cowl painted to match the tank. Pinstripes, too, but that should be relatively easy as the're just red and gold.

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scott s

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I've been told it's called "Pearl Black Bluing" and was also used on the GS1000 in 1978.
I'm going to get with my paint guy and try to match the tail piece.
 

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