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Old 08-17-17, 08:10 AM
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Repainting hurt the value of a vintage bike?

Does painting a vintage bike lower the value of the bike? I have two Fuji Touring Series III. One too small in great shape, one too big in not so great shape. I was thinking of refinishing the larger frame and putting the parts from the smaller one on it and selling it. The smaller one is only 19" so not such a large market. What could I get for such a Franken-fuji?

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Both are Fuji Touring Series III (19" and 24")
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....any money you spend on a repaint will be wasted. A good repaint will cost more than you can get back selling the bike, and a low end repaint will lower the value of the bike.
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I think you will do better keeping the smaller one intact and selling it and selling the other one as is if it is in working order even if cosmetically rough. You would end up getting more for the bikes for a lot less work, you just can't make money off of a repaint on bike your selling. As for the size in most places the market may actually be a bit better for a nice 19" than fairly large 24".
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
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....any money you spend on a repaint will be wasted. A good repaint will cost more than you can get back selling the bike, and a low end repaint will lower the value of the bike.
Pretty much exactly what 3A says.

Good quality single color wet paint* with a clear coat starts at about $500. Adding decals, more colors, striped lugs, etc... just goes up from there.

Spray cans or "some guy" that is going powder your bike for $200 is only going to make you sad unless you have very low standards.

If you just want to protect it from the elements and ride it, powder has really improved. It can be masked, layered and clear powder applied over a base coat.

I haven't powdered a bike. But we have parts at work that are part of our product that are powder coated and they look really good compared to the standard powder coat you see on lawn furniture.

*wet paint meaning stuff that comes out of a can as a liquid vs. powder coat.
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Fully refurbished high end Japanese bikes can go for up to $350 depending on the market. But, you have to be in a market where people understand & appreciate the difference between an old Varsity and a higher quality Fuji. Don't expect to get much if you're out in the boondocks. Or else, try selling on ebay to a worldwide market.
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Have a look at Should I Paint My Bike? That might lend some insight into the situation.
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You can always do a brushed paint job. Two bottles of Testors and a 1/2" art brush.
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Re-painting ruins the value -- or at the very least seriously compromises the value of most vintage bikes

On the higher end, you wont be able to tell what it is anymore unless it is a bike with distinctive lug cutouts or features,

On the lower end, you will never realize your time and effort back out of it

---- but in both cases, - if its a labor of love and you just want to paint it (there is a guy on the boards who did a striking polka dot paintjob on a bike for his wife/daughter/girlfriend (i forget) )-- and it looked fantastic!
I had one of my old racing frames re-painted as well after it needed some frame repair, but i documented it with plenty of before and after pictures , even though i will never sell it -- this basic single color paint job with decals was over $500

And then sometimes a bike is so thrashed that you dont even want to look at it, much less ride it -- here is where a powder coat job makes a bit of sense for a rough use beater or grocery getter
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1. Think of the time and prep needed to repaint a bike properly by yourself, and get a decent finish (this by someone who has screwed up a couple of frames).
2. You'll not get your money back from a repaint if you have it done by a competent painter, not including re-decalling the bike.
3. Just sell as is to someone else.
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