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Time to have a total repaint on this '73 Raleigh Superbe?

Old 01-09-11, 10:28 PM
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Time to have a total repaint on this '73 Raleigh Superbe?

I am restoring this Raleigh Superbe and was hoping a OA bath will remove all the rust on the paint and bring the shine back to life. However I underestimated the rust because it screwed up the paint underneath and left a scruffy looking frame now. Wax does bring back some shine but it can't fix those chipped paint. Is it safe to say that this bike needs a total repaint, like sand blasting and powder coating? Or let's keep it like this with the ratty look?

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Would like to know your opinion...
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Polishing compound, not wax. Start with the mild stuff, they also sell rubbing compound (more aggressive, so be careful). I think that paint will come around. And some of the remaining defects in paint are part of the "patina". I would not paint the bike, you lose the original decals, paint is only original once, you lower the bike's value, and it takes time and $$ to do it right.

I have used polishing compound on paint similar to that and it turned out nice. You can buy the turtle wax brand at Walmart for about $2.50 (I just bought some more, I use it quite a bit).
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There are 3 schools of thought..

1) Whether it's a $5,000,000 bike or a $5 bike, the original paint must be preserved at all costs, even if the bike looks like it just spend an hour behind a salt/sand spreader truck.
2) See what various techniques do to help the paint, then use touch up paint to cover the scratches, chips and dings.
3) Strip and paint, regardless.

I think it really comes in stages, I start with #2 then work toward #3, the key reason for paint is to keep the steel from rusting, so if the paint has chipped or been scratched off, that needs to be repaired, if you used OA, then some rust has been removed, that paint seal must be restored.

I would start with getting the wax off, Google automotive wax removal for some ideas. Now get some touch up paint that is as close to what you have as possible, taking the frame to a place that sells automotive touch up paint is sometimes the best idea. Fill in all the scratches and chips, then leave it sit for a week or two in a warm, dry area for the touch up paint to set, now you can wax the frame and it should look pretty good.
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