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Old 03-31-14, 12:34 AM   #1
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Bare Metal Cruiser

Thanks to the advice from those knowledgeable about clear coating bare metal on this site here is a 1979 Schwinn Cruiser stripped down to bare metal and painted with 2-part clear coat aerosol paint. Bars and crank were also wire-brushed and sanded. Rusty steel rims were updated with aluminum ones while retaining standard size WW tires. Water-soak type slip-on decals were applied after 1st coat of clear and then top coated. Imperfections including remnants of the many colors of underlying paint left on the chain guard seem to give this bike personality.

Complete bike. The chrome fork crown sort of winks at ya when closing the garage door.

Yes, it is not quite a Stingray and the chain ring is not original.

Not having to buy primer this paint job cost $25 for the single can with inner catalyst release system. Will be interesting to see how long the clear coat sticks.
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Old 03-31-14, 12:08 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-14, 05:14 PM   #3
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I like it. Understated, and really nice. I've always liked clear-over-steel, though. Is that fork really chrome, though?

I'd love it if you posted pics again 6 and 12 months out, to show how it holds up...
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Old 04-02-14, 12:01 AM   #4
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Chrome crown trim

Is that fork really chrome, though?

The fork has a chrome trim piece beneath the lower race.
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Old 04-06-14, 04:46 PM   #5
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I like it, but would replace tires & seat. I think the clear will come off, particularly over the decals, but it looks great. I hope it lasts.
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Old 04-08-14, 04:35 PM   #6
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Freaking awesome!

That bike has to put a smile on your face every time you ride it. If I could ask, what 2-part system did you use, and did you use a spray gun? I'm finally getting my tush in gear to restore an old Varsity, and I like the bare metal look. You mentioned aerosols, and wasn't sure if you used rattle-cans.
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Old 04-23-14, 08:46 PM   #7
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Old 05-27-14, 10:31 PM   #8
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Good looking bike! I actually really like the bare metal look. Just bought a cruiser in raw steel with a clearcoat. They look sharp like that!
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Old 05-28-14, 09:03 AM   #9
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Go Bling .. Have it Chrome plated .. the whole thing , including the chainguard ..
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