1936 Elgin Bluebird - Progress!

Discussion in 'Classic Balloon Tire Bicycles 1933-1965' started by Velocipedist Co., Jun 23, 2016.

  1. #161 Posted Jun 22, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    This thread reads like a great book with amazing art! Words can hardly describe what happened from page 1 to page 8. From the frame repairs, the fork resurrection, the front fender fixes, and that patina paint job is out of this world! I've learned a few things here, but looks like you really listened to how others do things and really put your stamp on it. Two thumbs way the f#@k up! Outstanding job! Joe
     
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    This is really awesome to see what can be done
     
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  3. #163 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    Well, in an attempt to stop the chemical reaction that I implemented to create much of that dusty rust texture, I think I killed some of the realism of my patina work :(

    I used a clearcoat that I was told would dry flat and colorless.

    I dont like it as much but at least I can touch and handle the bike without rubbing off my work.
     
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    Also, aside from killing some texture, it also added some unwanted sheen
     
  5. #165 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    Fortunately, I can build more texture on top to correct the problem. It will just require a few more hours.

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  6. #166 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    use a little tripped 000 steel wool or an old wool shirt


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  7. #167 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    Thank you, Jim.

    I tried steel wool but it removed the rust color I created before killing the gloss. Maybe 1000 sandpaper?

    I also thought I would add a thicker layer of clear coat and then try steel wool again.
     
  8. #168 Posted Jun 24, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Maybe emery cloth?


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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Or burlap ?


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  10. #170 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    Good suggestions. It looks like I'll be doing some experimenting.

    Thank you
     
  11. #171 Posted Jun 24, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Beautiful job all around. I have to admit that I never really felt the love for crust, but this crust I love. Fantastic.
     
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    That's not the original finish? Geez sir you are the reigning patina master!!!
     
  13. #173 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    Shwwww..
    Clear coat crisis averted. Steel wool and touch ups seemed to work best. Thanks again for the suggestions!

    And faux buttons look right at home. (That shiny screw looks a little suspect though)
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  14. #174 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    I am really enjoying this post! Thanks for taking the time to work on it!
     
  15. #175 Posted Jun 24, 2017

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    I've enjoyed sharing and the feedback has been encouraging.
     
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  17. #177 Posted Jun 25, 2017

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    WOW!!! Very nice buddy.... I have not been on here in a minute... GREAT JOB!!
     
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    You can also use a matting agent in your clear if you mix it yourself. That saves the re-abrading. I really like your results!
     
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    I'll have to try that next time. Is it entirely colorless?
     
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    Yes generally. Depending on what kind of base medium your using you can chose one that mixes well. PM me if you want sometime. I used to do ceramics restoration where color/texture/level of gloss match was critical. There are a couple ways to do it. I would often get the final finish just right with some mattting agent in the clear and by knocking the excess shine off the with a superfine sponge.
     
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