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Old 05-14-19, 07:13 PM
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To paint or not to paint? That is the question.

Just inherited a 520. It's 21cm so it's too small for me..darn. It is covered with scratches. Apparently it's been across the US and around Europe. The frame is just too marked up to just leave it. My first thought was just tune and lube the bearings and change the saddle. The tires and tape are good. Then I thought a repaint would really be nice but decals are $40 or more and I didn't want to out that kind of time or money into it. I decided to do get down to the frame and do a thorough touch up. Home Depot matched the color from the fork and I already have primer, 2000 grade sandpaper and a little time on my hands. I didn't know HD could do a match from a fork but it is really, really close. I've seen attempts at touch ups and seen threads about nail polish and testor model paint matches but the damage was to extensive for that so I thought I'd pass along the Home Depot info.
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Powder coat.

$75 to $100. Maybe $125 for a custom two part clear coat.

Drop it off. Pick it up a week later. Done.

Decals shmecals.


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It's a rare resale that nets the cost of paint et all. Andy
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Powder coat.

$75 to $100. Maybe $125 for a custom two part clear coat.

Drop it off. Pick it up a week later. Done.

Decals shmecals.


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I had no idea it could be that cheap, still love the decals though. I think it has more value with them. If it was just a damn good touring bike maybe but this, to me, was always the iconic American touring bike.
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Well, if you do look into powder coat then look for a shop that does custom auto and motorcycle work.

Stay away from job lot shops where your frame will be batched with three hundred lawn chairs or a run of washing machine lids.

This is an example of my bike. It is a two part "Illusion" clear coat over metal flake from Prismatic Powders applied by Custom Coaters of Atlanta.



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I suppose one could get used to no decals, however if a bike is re-painted, I think it needs the original style decals put back on it.

Not sure why I feel that way, but I do.

I could care less whether the components are correct for the age of the frame. Nor do I care for period correct colors. But the frame needs it's proper decals to give it identity and heritage.
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Two stage powder coated: Illusion Root Beer. One pic without decals and one with



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You said the frame is too small for you so I expect you are planning to flip it. You are very unlikely to get enough money out of it to recover the cost of the repaint or powdercoat and decals.
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And when he says "very unlikely", what he really means is "impossible".
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Well, there are suckers with too much of parental money out there. But this is why I used the term "rare resale" to describe the likelihood of a break even result. Andy
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
And when he says "very unlikely", what he really means is "impossible".
Yeah. I kinda figured the same. I already have some remarkably close touch up paint, #2000 sandpaper and some new hardware coming. It's got racks, tires and new tape.
The original post was just an attempt to mention that Home Depot can mix a batch of very convincing touch up paint. I've only had marginal success mixing it myself and eliminating nicks and scratches are very helpful.
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What type of paint can HD match and mix? Some sort of enamel? How much do you have to buy?
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What type of paint can HD match and mix? Some sort of enamel? How much do you have to buy?
The high gloss enamel only comes in quarts. You can get semi-gloss in sample sizes, (enough for most touch ups), but you'd need to follow with clear coat.
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I'd say that if you were going to keep and ride the bike, do what appeals to you.

Given that its too small for you, and you are likely to sell it I'd not do anything but clean it thoroughly and take good pictures for CL or ebay.
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I'd say that if you were going to keep and ride the bike, do what appeals to you.

Given that its too small for you, and you are likely to sell it I'd not do anything but clean it thoroughly and take good pictures for CL or ebay.
Yeah. Your right mister wizard☺️. I'm going to cover the scratches though and do some minor cosmetic work anyway. Like you say it's time and money I won't get back but I just can't help myself. At best it's a hobby that pays for itself.
Some good advice here though and thank you all.
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Yeah. Your right mister wizard☺️. I'm going to cover the scratches though and do some minor cosmetic work anyway. Like you say it's time and money I won't get back but I just can't help myself. At best it's a hobby that pays for itself.
Some good advice here though and thank you all.
I get the impression that you were pretty stoked about resurrecting this frame. Find one in your size and go for it! Best, the Wiz.
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