I've seen a number of threads that deal with paint/finish, touch-ups, etc. on old bikes. I was wondering how important the paint job really is?
I'm in the process of rehabilitating my 1983 Schwinn World touring bike. After all these years there are definitely some blemishes and rust spots in the finish. However, the bike itself is mechanically sound and, hopefully, will last many more years if I take care of it. I have cleaned and wiped the blems, so I don't think they will get much worse. Overall, the bike looks pretty good and rides well, so I'm not ashamed to take it around the neighborhood.
Except for cosmetic considerations, which I admit are important if one is trying to restore a really nice bike, it is "mission critical" to restore a paint job on an old bike?
If nothing else, isn't there a certain panache when you blow past someone on your beater bike?