(I hope I'm in the right forum with this query ? This is my first post so forgive me if I'm in the wrong one. )
I just purchased a late 60s Western Auto 5 speed Buzz Bike on Ebay that appears to have gone though some type of acid rain bath -- there's more primer and rust visible than there is paint on this frame. That being said, what's the best way to prepare this frame for paint (sandblast?), and -- AND -- who does one seek that paints bikes today ? I've heard professional bike painters charge $500 to $600.00. I often see ads from the Maaco's and Earl Scheib's of the auto world running ads to paint cars for as low as $199.00. Would I be presumptuous to assume that a decent paint job on a tiny -- TINY -- 20" bike frame and chainguard wouldn't exceed half that price ? If I catch them on a slow week maybe ?
Also, anyone in here ever had to rechrome such things as rims and fenders ? What does replating run in price ?
... Why am I doing this ? It's about retrieving a childhood dream. As a kid I often visited places that sold Schwinn Krates, and Western Auto Service Centers that sold their brand bicycles. My parents couldn't afford either the pricey Schwinn or the lesser priced WF Buzz bike, thus all I have from those days are unrequited dreams of not only sitting on one, but actually owning one. The farthest I got to that dream as a kid was getting the nerve to touching their handlebars in their respective showrooms. I never felt worthy of sitting on one, knowing I would never own one, so that's as far as I got. I bought the Krate two years ago for $1200.00, and have put a little money into buying a few things for it, but the WF Buzz Bike is the one needing the most attention at the moment.