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Old 06-15-15, 02:56 PM
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One bottle of Testors

Over the weekend forum member "b dub" and I worked out a trade for the Jeunet he recently acquired. The frame was in rough shape, plenty of surface rust, and looked like at one time someone may have done some touch up on it.

I really liked the color and was thinking of a plan of attack to repaint the frame. Thinking about it, I thought, how much effort is this bike worth? and how much time and money do I want to put into it. I looked around my workbench and I had a bottle of light blue testors. Pretty close right out of the bottle, but I fiddled with some white and a touch of yellow and nailed the original paint color.

I thought I would just test out the color by painting the under side of the chainstays. Then I prepped a couple other areas and painted those. Then it was on to the main triangle. Took a break to grill up some food for dinner, and then back at it again. Finished up after dinner. Is it a great paint job?, no. Does it look better than it did, you bet. And to some extent the rust has been slowed.

The idea here is you can freshen up a frame without doing a complete strip and prime and paint. I did the whole bike with one bottle of Testors and a 1/2" brush. Total time was about two hours. A light sanding and wipe down with a paint deglosser was my prep. Basicly dabbed and brushed on the paint working around the decals. After building it up I will probably do some spot touch ups. And I will keep an eye on the rust.



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Old 06-15-15, 03:02 PM
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The fact that I can't tell where it's touched up says something. Nice job.
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I just brought that same bike home, color and all. Cottered cranks, steel rims on Normandy hubs, Simplex drivetrain. You'll have to share the formula.

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A little white, a dash-o-yellow, some powder blue….
Technically 3 bottles of Testor's.
Looks great, Big Ring.
Always been fond of that color or anything close to it.
One of the best colors for a bike, me thinks.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
The fact that I can't tell where it's touched up says something. Nice job.
The whole frame was coated. Complete paint job out of a bottle of Testors. Underside of the downtube needs a little attention, but the rest has a couple coats.

Still just a tad tacky at the moment but should set up hard by tomorrow.
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Oh. You covered the whole frame with one bottle? Wow. I wouldn't have thought that possible.
Real nice.
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How did you mix the paint? Did you dump the blue into another container and then add the other colors?
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How did you mix the paint? Did you dump the blue into another container and then add the other colors?
The light blue Testors was about 3/4 full. I added some white to get the right tone and then a touch of yellow to get the correct hue. The french, always with the touch of ochre. Even the classic Gitane orange has a bunch of ochre, sienna, whatever you want to call it, in it.

I'll probably get another bottle of light blue and do another coat. There's some areas that could use some attention. A little sanding will really help.

The idea though is on a basic bike like this, a coat of Testors is a quick and easy refinish job. No spray booth, or equipment needed.
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You have some talent! Everytime I tried to touch up a frame with a small paintbrush it looked like crap. Except when it was black.
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Nice job! Only advice I would give is use one of the myriad of rust converter paints as a primer first. It kills the rust, turns black, and is ready for your choice of top coat.
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