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Paint repair on a vintage trek?

Old 06-30-15, 07:07 PM
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Paint repair on a vintage trek?

Unfortunately, the paint on my bike is starting to chip, and I already have a few metal spots. I asked on another thread if I should touch up the paint and clear coat the bike, and the general emphasis seemed to be that I should leave the metal showing, and cover the spots with clear nail polish. Apparently touching up paint damages vintage bike value? Truthfully I don't think I'll ever get rid of this bike and the spots kinda bother me. What should I do?
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Old 06-30-15, 07:16 PM
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It's your bike. If you don't care about originality or resale, look intonation getting powder coated a new color. Otherwise touch up the scratches with nail polish so they don't rust
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Old 06-30-15, 07:18 PM
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If you can afford it, have the bike repainted and fitted with replica decals. That's what I do every 10 years or so.
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I'd start a thread in the Classic and Vintage forum about this bike. They can tell you if the bike would be better off repainted or left alone.

I've built up some old bikes and never hesitated to repaint them. They weren't worth thousands of dollars; I was not diminishing the value of the bikes. One bike, A 1987 Fuso, needed a new downtube and I would not have found that out the easy way if I hadn't sent the frame off to be professionally repainted.

Given that you don't want to ever sell the bike, I'd have it repainted in whatever paint scheme you could imagine. Decals can be easily obtained; there are a couple of decal makers known to the Classic and Vintage crowd that also sell on eBay.
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It's a tool not a jewel. Ride it and don't worry about paint chips. Yeah it may rust up a bit in another 10 or 20 years but do you honestly think you will be riding it then??
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I don't think vintage Treks have a whole lot of "vintage value" over other brands but they had nice styling. Have it powder coated if the chips really bother you.

I powder coated this Univega. Came out pretty nice

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I wouldn't hesitate to touch up if the chips are few if I could find a good color match. But my idea of "touch up" is to apply multiple layers of paint to the chip in order to build it up to slightly higher than the original paint. Then wet sand it flush and polish back to the original finish. With a good paint match and proper technique, the touch up should be nearly impossible to see. There should be no need to clear coat the entire frame. The process is time consuming, so if the chips number much more than a dozen I'd probably just leave them.
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I've had some luck using Teslor's model paint on many of my bikes. My wife has a blue '85 Trek 400. I used some Teslor's to touch up a few spots and it was almost dead on. There is some information about repainting & touching up vintage Treks here if you scroll down far enough:

Refurbish or Upgrade Old Steel Road Bicycles bikes, refurbishing, upgrading

Beyond that, +1 on posting in the vintage forum
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