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Old 07-03-15, 02:54 PM
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Need advice on restoring older Trek mtb..

Hey everyone, I'm sure this topic has been covered but I couldnt find answers to my specific questions using this site or Google, so I decided to ask here. I have several older mtbs I want to bring back to life but am gonna just focus on the Trek in this thread, then apply what I learn to the others. I've seen some amazing restorations on these pages so I know some of you have the skills and am hoping I can learn from that.

Ok so basically I picked up '91 Trek 950 mtb on CL yesterday, it's been pretty poorly cared for and though I've tuned it up and it rides well, I'd like to look better too.

The GOOD: Was stored indoors, has no rust at all. Rides well, shifts almost perfectly front and rear, frame is structurally very sound. Wheels are true and hubs spin smoothly. All the original parts are there.

The BAD: frame and fork has many scratches and scrapes, brake levers are very scratched up and have road rash, grips are toast, and the pedals are really beat.

My questions basically are:

* Can I get specific touch up paint for this color (purple) and if so where do I get it? Also any tips on how to make the frame look it's best, outside of a total repaint?

* Oh and how do I remove the bike shop sticker that's on it that is now hard as nails? And also the residue from the drive side chainstay protector which is long gone?

Thanks in advance!
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For touch up paint matching you can either go the Testors model paint route or since this is purple you can go with nail polish. Either way see if you can bring it into the store to do the color match. If a complete bike ask a clerk that appears to have a sense of humor before bringing it inside. You'd be surprised how good a touched up bike can look.
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For touch up paint matching you can either go the Testors model paint route or since this is purple you can go with nail polish. Either way see if you can bring it into the store to do the color match. If a complete bike ask a clerk that appears to have a sense of humor before bringing it inside. You'd be surprised how good a touched up bike can look.
Thanks, yeah I've noticed on some of the restores on this site that touched up bikes often look really good.
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Old 07-03-15, 06:58 PM
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You might considering bringing the bare frame and fork to a powder coater who does bikes. $100 and the frame/fork will look like new. They will take care of blasting the stickers and old paint off.
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Decals and adhesive - lighter fluid, Goof Off, heat gun, obviously not at the same time.
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You might considering bringing the bare frame and fork to a powder coater who does bikes. $100 and the frame/fork will look like new. They will take care of blasting the stickers and old paint off.
One downside to that is replacing the decals may be expensive or impossible, depending on the bike. However, yes, a good powdercoater can work wonders.
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I appreciate the replies. Interesting about the powder coating. I've heard that term but didnt know what it meant. I just Googled it and read about the entire process used to strip and powder coat a frame. Pretty interesting, and a fairly new technology maybe? I'll give it all some thought. One thing I wasnt that crazy about on the site I read about the powder coating is that the frame is heated to 400 degrees as part of the painting process. I know that's not brazing temp but I'd still rather not have my frame heated to those temps.

I guess or now I'll remove the stickers and gunk, and repack the bearings and.. try some touch up paint. See how the bike looks after that.

Also, I know this has been said before many times, but I can never understand how someone can buy a bike that costs a small fortune and then just trash it with neglect. It's like buying an expensive sports car and never changing the fluids or doing any maintenance, just running it into the ground. It's the times we live in I guess.
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