Coloured Mudguards

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blinkered
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Coloured Mudguards

Postby blinkered » 6 Sep 2016, 3:33pm

Does anyone know where (if?) it is possible to buy colour mudguards. It's easy enough to find black and silver but I'd really like grey if it is possible to find any.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby Heltor Chasca » 6 Sep 2016, 5:50pm

Could you get them dipped or sprayed by an auto-customiser?

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby cycleruk » 6 Sep 2016, 6:58pm

"Bluemels" used to do different colours.
Certainly blue, white, red, gold etc' were available.
Maybe try Ebay or some continental supplier.

Metal guards are available and could maybe be sprayed to your desired colour?
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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby Tangled Metal » 6 Sep 2016, 7:37pm

I've got tortec ones with a reflective edge that's supposedly silver. It isn't. It is grey.

I've only just spotted that it's got two transparent strips along its length where you can see the tyres. Only just spotted outta despite it being over a year on my bike and I put it on my own bike.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby cycleruk » 6 Sep 2016, 9:33pm

Tangled Metal wrote:I've got tortec ones with a reflective edge that's supposedly silver. It isn't. It is grey.
I've only just spotted that it's got two transparent strips along its length where you can see the tyres. Only just spotted outta despite it being over a year on my bike and I put it on my own bike.


Not sure about your guards but there are some that have a couple of metal strips the length of the guard.
I am under the impression that these can be used to supply current to a rear light mounted on the back edge of the guard. :roll:
These guards, I think, have a couple of see-through longitudinal strips.
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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby Tangled Metal » 7 Sep 2016, 12:00am

http://www.zyro.co.uk/products/detail/SKMBMR
These are the ones I think. They're down as silver but more grey. If you enlarge the image you might just make out there's a stripe effect. These are actually 2 clear strips of transparent plastic.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby drossall » 7 Sep 2016, 11:43pm

As cycleruk said, coloured mudguards used to be standard items. You'd buy to match your bike. I can't really understand why, in this age of customer choice, these and coloured cable housings have disappeared from the market.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby The utility cyclist » 7 Sep 2016, 11:53pm

My favourite colour (cadbury's purple) but never mounted, couldn't find a suitable frame :D
You can buy some SKS ones which have an olive green hue to them and have copper rivets
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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby blinkered » 8 Sep 2016, 6:24am

drossall wrote:As cycleruk said, coloured mudguards used to be standard items. You'd buy to match your bike. I can't really understand why, in this age of customer choice, these and coloured cable housings have disappeared from the market.


Thanks all I think this confirms what I thought from searching around that it isn't possible to buy coloured mudguards. Yes it's possible to get mudguards sprayed (and my LBS would do it) but I was concerned about the longevity and cost.

I'll take a look at the tortec guards which look like a possibility ... at least they might be closer in colour than what I have found.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby JohnW » 8 Sep 2016, 11:32am

cycleruk wrote:"Bluemels" used to do different colours.
Certainly blue, white, red, gold etc' were available.
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Oh, that's absolutely true - there was even a metallic green! There was never an orange one (not that I found, anyway) and there was a time when I desperately wanted some orange guards! It does depend on the shade of grey you want, I suppose, but at the moment I have the chromoplastic silver guards (SKS and Tortec) and they both 'look' grey enough - I suppose you'd call it silver grey,

I still have a pair of black guards, from the seventies(?) hanging in the hut.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby wjhall » 8 Sep 2016, 2:09pm

The current limited range of mudguard colours is why your friendly local car parts shop sells a wide range of spray paints. The quality of results probably depends mostly on how well you clean the guards before painting, and perhaps whether you use primer or undercoat.

House paint is quite good for cable housings. Dragging it through the guides when fitting afterwards can even give a matt rubber looking finish.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby bev55 » 8 Sep 2016, 5:31pm

I've just 'coloured' some for my Moulton 'cus they only come in black (gloom).
Rub them with wet 'n dry to get a matte finish....spray with a plastic primer....two coats of top coat/ colour....then a coat or two of clear lacquer.....all car spray aerosols from Halfords. As long as you leave 24 hours between primer/colour/lacquer and then a few days to harden off before fitting...should all be fine.
Small wheels rule :lol:

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby bev55 » 8 Sep 2016, 5:39pm

On a slightly different note....I sprayed my Brompton mudguards on the inside to give a green pinstripe where they are just clear....cleaned first with soapy water then a wipe over with white spirit before a spray coat of car paint. Six months so far and nowt peeled off.
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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby Brucey » 8 Sep 2016, 6:39pm

it is perhaps worth mentioning that many aerosol paints contain a solvent that attacks typical chromoplastic mudguards.

On the minus side paint overspray can be very difficult to remove from mudguards, but on the plus side quite a few different types of paint will stick very well to mudguards without the use of special primers.

My tip; try an inconspicuous area (eg the inside of the mudguard) and see if your paint of choice sticks well or not.

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Re: Coloured Mudguards

Postby 1942alexander » 8 Sep 2016, 10:19pm

Hi blinkered,
Is grey the only possibility? What colour is the bike? Are you looking for NOS Bluemels? If you are refurbishing old steel the mudguards are usually the starting point for me. Every other part of my vintage builds are obtainable in many colours e.g. saddle, bar tape, frame paint, decals, except saddlebags. I have managed to buy NOS Bluemels in metallic blue, metallic green, metallic purple and metallic gold during the past year, all from ebay. I've got purple bar tape and a white/purple saddle bag as well just waiting for a frame. They are available out there but the asking price may give you a bit of a shock.
Cheers...