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Old 05-14-23, 12:55 PM
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1986 Schwinn Paramount paint

My latest project is a Schwinn Paramount I picked up. The previous owner repainted it and dint re[place the head badge or decals. Ive always wanted a Paramount. It doesnt have the fancy chrome lugs up front but I think I will keep it and see what the ride is like.
What should I do as far as the paint and decals? I'd love for the bike to be worth the most money. Im guessing an original stock color and decals would be best?
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Some nice details on that frame for sure. What makes it a Paramount, serial number maybe? I'd paint it whatever color suits you.
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Like @shelbyfv mentioned, the Schwinn people will likely be able to help you decipher the serial number (number and location).

It is possible if you did a chemical stripper, then you would be able to find the original paint color.

An auto paint may be better than rattle can paint. I wonder if you could go into a small auto paint shop and have them spray it with whatever is the paint of the day. Especially if you did all the prep work.
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I'm no Paramount expert but the Tange dropouts lead me to believe that this is one of the PDG Paramounts built between 1991 and 1994. It does not match your catalog scan. Note the differences in the seat lug and the dropouts.
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maybe a prologue if its not a paramount

If its not a paramount its a prologue. I doubt its a premis. Im still searching for definitive proof.
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Originally Posted by barryj75225
What should I do as far as the paint and decals? I'd love for the bike to be worth the most money. Im guessing an original stock color and decals would be best?
...there are few occasions where you can make a bike be worth the most money by repainting it. It's usually just a sunk cost, and I'm pretty sure that's not a Waterford frame.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
...there are few occasions where you can make a bike be worth the most money by repainting it. It's usually just a sunk cost, and I'm pretty sure that's not a Waterford frame.
If it is a Japanese built Prologue, that will cut down the ultimate value quite a bit. But, one could paint the fork and frame to match, and add appropriate decals, and it would be a nice bicycle to ride...

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If you can't determine what it actually is, I'd suggest that the frame is nice enough to speak for itself. No decals or something very subtle. Definitely not a brand or model name if you are just guessing.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
...there are few occasions where you can make a bike be worth the most money by repainting it. It's usually just a sunk cost, and I'm pretty sure that's not a Waterford frame.
I would say never. A quality repaint is quite expensive and then the bike is not original. A Prologue would have a Panasonic serial number on the head tube. I don't see one. A crappy paint deducts value.


Refurbishing that bike to original condition, if you know what it actually was, would cost about 5 to 10 X what the finished bike is worth. Price head badge alone.

Not a 1986 Paramount.

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Originally Posted by wrk101
I would say never. A quality repaint is quite expensive and then the bike is not original. A Prologue would have a Panasonic serial number on the head tube. I don't see one. A crappy paint deducts value.

Refurbishing that bike to original condition, if you know what it actually was, would cost about 5 to 10 X what the finished bike is worth. Price head badge alone.

Not a 1986 Paramount.
I have paid for exactly one professional paint job. There is no way I could -- or still can -- justify it economically, but it looks great and turns heads and has given me a lot of enjoyment over the past 20 years. My wife thinks it's a work of art (and she's an artist by profession, so she should know. )
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
An auto paint may be better than rattle can paint. I wonder if you could go into a small auto paint shop and have them spray it with whatever is the paint of the day. Especially if you did all the prep work.
That's a worthwhile idea. If I ever decide to have another frame painted, I just might inquire at our local MAACO. Yes, it's part of a big chain, but they did a great job on my 1996 Audi A4 and my son's 1991 BMW 3-series. Since we're known repeat customers for cars, I wonder if they would entertain a bike frame paint session.
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Not a bad frame. But you can see the crude work (comparatively speaking) at the dropout/stay junctures. I agree it's not a mid-1980s Paramount, although it has a few similar details, like the fork crown and the bottle bosses. A Paramount of that vintage and size wouldn't have the chainstay bridge.

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As mentioned earlier by several knowledgeable members, I concur it is not a Waterford Paramount. Also, the bridge between the chain stays is different and the hole in the BB shell is not normal. The serial number should be visible on the bottom of the BB shell.
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Agreed Its not a Paramount. Im leaning toward Prologue but still researching for conclusive proof.
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