I've got a 72 or 73 Raleigh Record that I'm trying to make as pretty as possible. Before taking it apart I thought the paint was in pretty good shape. The "Raleigh Record" stickers on the top and down tubes are in good shape. The large vertical sticker on the seat tube is partially scrubbed off. Many of the other stickers have faded or have completely worn off. As many of the pictures show there are numerous scrapes and areas where the paint is gone.
I have considered buying a reprinted sticker set and repainting the frame in it's white with orange+ black. My friend and I have been repainting frames for 4-5 months now and have gotten good results with quality auto paint and clear coat (+hardener). I've thought about just replacing stickers with reprints that are gone or have been damaged. I could try touching up the paint- but matching may prove to be a huge chore. I could buff and wax the heck out of what's there and just leave it as is. This would be the least expensive thing to do, but after putting a lot of effort into removing rust and cleaning, I hate to have shiny parts on a frame that looks beat up. The paint seems fairly thin- perhaps why there are so many scrapes. I'm not quite sure what that's about unless someone removed a bunch of the paint with a harsh chemical cleaner or something.
Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
If I did repaint it any suggestions of working around the head badge? Removal is my first thought, but I'm not sure how to remove the Raleigh insignia without damaging the pins or rivets (I'm not sure what they are) Holding it onto the head tube. Taping is also another solution.