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Old 05-16-14, 01:45 AM   #1
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1957 Western Cosmic Flyer

Hello! So this is my first post. I'm betting I'm posting in the wrong spot like a newb but please forgive me!
I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada and I recently bought a *what I'm guessing* is a late 1950's Western Cosmic Flyer. The thing is pretty cool, has headlights and lots of old chrome! However she's been better days. The original paint is a nice aqua marine but it's in pretty rough shape. I would like to repaint it green, yet redo all the original striping and logos/decals *some are ok, some are faded and others are completely gone*. I have two questions. A) being what are your opinions on changing an original paint job and B) is there any possible way to fix peeling chrome (like chrome spray paint) or should I just bite the bullet and get it redone? The value of the bike doesn't concern me because I plan on keeping it for as long as I can. Thanks for any info or ideas! Cheers
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My usual preference is to keep the original paint, it is only original once. But it is your choice. Depending on how bad the chrome is you might be able to make it look better by scrubbing it down with wadded up aluminum foil dampened in water (or WD-40 or Lemon juice). Rechroming small lots is prohibitively expensive.

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Thanks! Yeah I did the wD40 and tin foil on the chrome and it did wonders, still some places where it's hard to get to. The handle bar is missing big chunks of chrome and I may need to replace the rims because I noticed a wobble lastnight while I was riding. It needs an overhaul cleaning wise
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Thanks! Yeah I did the wD40 and tin foil on the chrome and it did wonders, still some places where it's hard to get to. The handle bar is missing big chunks of chrome and I may need to replace the rims because I noticed a wobble lastnight while I was riding. It needs an overhaul cleaning wise
Depends on the wobble, if it is side to side you just need to true the wheel, some hops (up and down) can be taken out by truing the wheel too. Unless a rim shows major physical damage they can usually be brought back into round, or close enough to ride.

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