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