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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.
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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.

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    If you were going for "f-ugly" you hit it dead on!!
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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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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    Chrome crown trim

    Is that fork really chrome, though?

    The fork has a chrome trim piece beneath the lower race.
    bare metal cruiser 003.jpg

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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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    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 ***? 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.
    2012 CAAD 10 4 / 2011 Masi Speciale Fixed Drop / 2010 Novara Matador MTB / 2008 BMW cruise bike / 1979 Schwinn Varsity (flat handlebar)

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    She's a beaut!

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    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

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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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    Go Bling .. Have it Chrome plated .. the whole thing , including the chainguard ..

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