I found the paint codes for all three of the 2005 LT's.
Ocean Blue Metallic 948
Dark Graphite Metallic 919
Light Yellow Metallic 376
The only thing my paint shop does not show the Ocean Blue code 948. They can not come up with a formula to mix the paint. They have called several places. I called Chicago BMW they gave me the same paint code but no formula.
A good paint shop should be able to match the paint if you have some. I got a tube of touch up from the BMW dealer. If you need more than a touch up tube get one of the tubes and paint something for the paint to stick to and take that down to a paint shop. They should be able to match it that way.
My 05 LT is the graphite with lower region a kind-of gray/silver. I have also gone to a local automotive aint shop in the Puget Sound region (Seattle) and have explored what it would take to purchase both colors for touch-up work or painting helmets or whatever. Here is what I encountered and what I have done to engage the problem:
First, the LT is painted with Glasurite. The formulations for the graphite and the lower bike region are different, not just due to color, and also involve an additional step with the lower color. Just to get set up to 'shoot' Glasurite would be cost prohibitive (in excess of $1k). Also, the catalyst has a shelf life of only two weeks. Paint shops frequently applying Glasurite can absorb the initial cost of purchasing all the components required and also absorb the on-going costs since this paint is OEM on a number of European vehicles and costs of continuing operation are passed on to the consumer.
As an alternative, the local paint shop took digital photos (using their instrument)of the upper and lower region of my LT and formulated the pigmented paint accordingly. The clear coat for both colors is the same. PPG is the paint company and they have what they call a 'European' line of paint which is purportedly a real good match to OEM Glasurite at a fraction of the cost. Even so, i walked away with a bill slightly over $300 which included a very pricey reducer, etc. I am planning this winter to use both paints on an experimental basis to see how well they match the OEM paint...some adjusting may result until the right tonation is achieved. Once this is achieved, quarts (minimum) can be purchased. The PPG catalyst shelf life, once the container is opened, is also two weeks. I have the formulation at home for both colors (I'm at work). I would be willing to share this information on the paint formulations if anyone chooses to PM me.
NOTE: I am also going to experiment with using a product called 'Bloxygen', available from Woodworker's Supply of New Mexico. This is a pressurized cannister which is filled with, I believe, Nitrogen or Argon??????. I build high-end furniture. Once paint containers are opened, the nozzle of the aerosol is poked down into the opened paint container, the lid is kept mostly on, and two to five seconds burst of gas is inserted, the aerosol is rapidly removed, and the lid secured. The theory is to replace the oxygen with an inert atmosphere, thus, reducing oxidation/aging of the paint. I don't know if this will prolong the life of the catalyst...we'll see.
The online parts fiche at Max BMW shows the '05 trim colour as Magnesium. It is available as a touch up stick or as a spray can. The colour code seems to be 957, I thought I might get a spray can or two and try to match the BMR shelf (black) to the dash trim colour.
Thanks for the replies on the paint codes. I was thinking about buying a used Corbin Smuggler and painting it to match my bike. If I do the paint shop says they can scan a part on my bike and match it. Has anyone had this done and if so does it match real close? I may just purchase a new smuggler already painted to match. This may be the best.
My dealer was clever enough to locate spray can kits (paint + lacquer) of both Dark Graphite (919) and Magnesium ( 957).
Part numbers for them 519176825-55 for 919
and -63 (different code than HammerStar found!) for 957.
We had one of the kids cars in the shop where some dummy backed into his door. We got to talking about custom paint jobs and finding a new red coat for Red Rover. He asked who the manufacturer of the bike was. When I told him and he said, "We have all the BMW standard colors as we paint everything with Speis Hecker. It seems that Speis Hecker is manufacturer of the paints BMW uses on their cars and bikes. So I said all this just for future reference.
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