A scrub brush and dish soap will clean up old tires pretty well. As for value of the bike, I tend to like vintage tires on bikes but I don't think they add value to the bike unless there in perfect condition.
Here's a link to my Flyer gallery, it would be pretty funny if she ended up being a post war.
Love the Huffman such nice bikes, yours will clean up beautifully.
-Torrington half moon bars
-Original 40s Coke bottle grips
-Prewar Musselman drop center wheels
-50s cream Lighting Darts
-Torrington 10's mens pedals
-Elgin Deco stem
-Working 40s Cadet Speedo
-Lucky 7 seat post
-prewar long spring saddle (think its a Messenger)
pinstripes are really hard to save, there not as rugged as the old enamel. I haven't found a good way of saving them yet.
0000 grit steel wool and gasoline is what I use to take rattle can paint off. House paint and vintage spray paint is much tougher, so I use thin layers of cirtistripe to...
Glad my bike gives some motivation. Here's some more inspiration, built this last year. Brought it back from the brink of a really bad house paint job.
Might not look like the same bike, but it is. Took over 30 hours to clean, but was totally worth it.
OA work better then expected, the only problem is that it revealed some unwanted things. Two things to be exact, 1st is the fenders ended up being mismatched paint. So I just took them down to bare steel. 2nd is the wheels also ended up being mismatched, I did not notice this because of how...
You could try this stuff, it worked wonders on my 41 Murray.
It worked wonders for this bike, it just takes a long time. I'd put a coat on wait 5min then wipe it off, did that about 150 times and the result was almost 90% of the original paint being saved.