On New Years day I picked up a nice Gitane TDF Service Course frame. The guy I bought it from had it listed on CL for a couple weeks. When I first saw the listing, a couple days before Christmas, I jumped on it. Exchanged texts. But with the holidays I just couldnt find the time to go get it. I texted again New Years eve to see if i could pick it up New Years day. And I did.
The frame was rough, very rough. Top tube and down tube were faded down to the primer. Scratches, chips, grunge, you name it. But the color was outstanding. I have only seen a couple of Gitanes in this metallic orange copper color. The fork was a nice example of what the original color was along with the drive side chainstay. The rest of the bike was faded, and scratched.
When I got the bike home and examined it more the finish on the bike was really shot. I attempted to do some touch-ups but the color varied so much from tube to tube. My next approach was to do sections of the bike and try to blend in to any original finish still in good shape. I kept going and going, doing more and more. I layered the paint mixing in clear lacquer to mimic the original paint. I used Testors red and a sign painters gold paint that I picked up at Dick Blick. The addition of the clear lacquer really brought it together. And of course this is all brush worked. The lugs are double lined in gold and black.
EDIT: To make it clearer, the only part of the bike that is original paint is the driveside chainstay, small section of seat tube from seatlug to decal. and the fork. All other tubes and lugs are a complete repaint. I think its kind of cool to leave these as is for a reference to the original paint color.
The seat tube from the seat lug down is original paint. The top tube, seat lug, and seatsays are repainted.
Chainstays original color. BB lug and tubes repainted.