Paint it or leave it: '56 Corvette


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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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#21
Crazy prices. The only pricing I could find for PPG products was $660 for a set that includes clear, hardener and a reducer. Not exactly practical.

LOL..............................................No it's not!

I- large can of Red Oxide Primer
1- Can of Aluminum base
3 maybe 4 Cans of Candy Red Enamel
or
1 Quart of Dupli-Color pre thinned Candy Red Lacquer

$60-70 tops.

Only issue with Lacquer is you have to have all Lacquer base products underneath.
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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#23
I think you have a really nice original Corvette there, just carefully clean and wax like others have said. You’ll be pleasantly surprised about how this bike will turn out!
 

Sven

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 24, 2017
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#24
CLEAN IT, SHINE IT
If you want a professional paint job...take it to a professional. They have the equipment and know how. In the long run it will save you money and frustration. It truly is a science.
 

Jeff54

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 11, 2013
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Ft Myers, Florida
#25
Actually for the money, time, practice to copy or even come close to mimicking the original paint, I mean, unless you can discover the 1950's aluminum coat and top candy red and, bake each layer on like Schwinn did, you'd be better off buying a junker frame, fork and guard, painting it with Imron, (yes it's still out there in select paint stores albeit, prob not Calif. ) then selling off your parts. [grin]

Who nu, repainting a dang single colored Schwinn was so fricken hard? Guys like me, who learned back in the 60's that even Schwinn's own paint in their stores was just metal-flake rattle can, touch and chip Crap! Compiled with having tried to hunt online where all the old paints are filed, Schwinn's paint is no more than the same auto paints of the day but, their secrets are confounding.
 
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AndyA

Look Ma, No Hands!
Nov 24, 2017
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#26
Dear Twinflight:
Like others have commented, 1) I vote to save the original paint, and 2) I would not consider you an evil person if you did repaint. Here's the thing though: if you repaint, then the chrome will look shabby and you'll have to send parts out for rechroming, then the spokes will look rusty and you'll have to replace them, then the saddle will look kinda tacky and you'll have to send it out for recovering, then you'll need new handgrips. You can see where this is going. You'll spend a lot of money and end up with a bike that looks beautiful but, in my aesthetic opinion (which, I admit, is of little value to anyone else), one that doesn't look really authentic. If you shine this bike up and do some minor touch-ups and upgrades, I guarantee that people will tell you that it is cool and beautiful wherever you ride. Whatever you do, have fun.
Andy
p.s. When I was 12 or 13 years old, My best friend had a 3-speed red Corvette like that and I had a red 1960 J.C. Higgins Flightliner. That Sturmey-Archer hub was advanced technology.
 

Scout Evans

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 4, 2017
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#28
Schwinn always had the best paint and chrome. I was asked to repaint a 64 American that looked worse than your Corvette. I dismantled it and cleaned/polished each part. Then followed that with a couple coats of paste wax. The owner thought it was repainted but it was the original Schwinn paint and chrome. I would do that to yours first before deciding to repaint.
 
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twinflight

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 13, 2017
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#29
Schwinn always had the best paint and chrome. I was asked to repaint a 64 American that looked worse than your Corvette. I dismantled it and cleaned/polished each part. Then followed that with a couple coats of paste wax. The owner thought it was repainted but it was the original Schwinn paint and chrome. I would do that to yours first before deciding to repaint.
I'll definitely go the clean and polish route to see what I've got. Do you have any before and after pictures?
 

Scout Evans

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 4, 2017
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#31
I cleaned up that bike back in 2008, but no pics. But I was surprised by how well the chrome came back. It looked rusted through on the rims but they looked new after some wd40 and 0000 steel wool.
 

spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
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2,243
Minneapolis, United States
#33
dont restore it and make it like a new bike,most of the ppl when ride on the pathways or around the lake will ask how much u paid for your bike at Walmart!!!!
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
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Shawnee, United States
#37
Steel wool on Chrome? Ouch!. Brass! Or, although messy but better, softer than brass, eats rust while polishing the Chrome. A wadded sheet of Aluminum foil, a dab of water and elbow grease. :)

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Have you tried using Coke, Pepsi, or some other "soft" drink instead of water? The acid in the Coke is some additional help. I've seen Coke used to loosen rusted lids on old milk cans. Turn them upside down, fill the lip with Coke and walk away for a while. When you come back in a few days, the Coke will have eaten through the rust.

Here are a couple of pictures, before and after, of some chrome pieces off a Typhoon on which I used the aluminum foil method.
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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
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Western North carolina
#38
Don't do it! There are plenty of much crustier Schwinns (like Rivnuts' above), that would be better candidates for a repaint!
 

Rivnut

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 24, 2012
822
505
Shawnee, United States
#40
I'd go for it. Paint is good and it has the rack AND headlight. The rust on the rims looks like the surface rust I encountered on the Typhoon I pictured earler.

I'm driving a couple of hundred miles this weekend to pick up this bike. The seller says it's a Corvette but it's missing the headlight and rack, and has an incorrect seat. I'll decide whether to ride it as is or paint it after closer inspection.

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