Paint it or Not?


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johnsailp

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Sep 26, 2017
10
1
48
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
#1
I am told by alot of people to leave it original and do not touch this paint? Is there a reason, are these bikes like in high demand are there people wanting them, i really havent even looked at pricing them. https://www.flickr.com/gp/jpactivity/94708g

I normally ride a Specialized FatBoy, but my dad was throwing his bike out! I said Hold on a minute I am the biker in the family so i figured i would try to restore but this has been fun ! I also knew about a place in Pittsburgh here https://www.bicycleheaven.org/ but i never went until this weekend! WOW i am so in on this now and i am looking for old bikes now! I use to ride BMX and jump ramps and stuff, this place had all of these bikes all kinds of bikes from movies to people that gave them stuff this place the owner said it took hoim 30 years to save all of it!
 

2jakes

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 1, 2010
6,506
4,409
Elysium Fields
#8
I am told by alot of people to leave it original and do not touch this paint? Is there a reason, are these bikes like in high demand are there people wanting them, i really havent even looked at pricing them. https://www.flickr.com/gp/jpactivity/94708g

I normally ride a Specialized FatBoy, but my dad was throwing his bike out! I said Hold on a minute I am the biker in the family so i figured i would try to restore but this has been fun ! I also knew about a place in Pittsburgh here https://www.bicycleheaven.org/ but i never went until this weekend! WOW i am so in on this now and i am looking for old bikes now! I use to ride BMX and jump ramps and stuff, this place had all of these bikes all kinds of bikes from movies to people that gave them stuff this place the owner said it took hoim 30 years to save all of it!
If you have to ask, then the answer that a lot of people that tell you to leave it original won’t have much meaning for you.
I enjoy a bike in it’s original colors. I will clean as needed and replace parts that need replacing. Others will do a
complete restoration. Everyone has their idea of what the bike should look like.

As has already been mentioned, the value will go down, if you decide to repaint.
 
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Jeff54

I live for the CABE
Sep 11, 2013
1,849
619
Ft Myers, Florida
#15
Simplified terms most do understand; money! If you paint this bike then you will not have increased its value, unless you do a spot on restoration, then it will be about the same value it was before painting. +/- And if you just do your own job; any color other than, or an none professional the same color or an custom, house paint or rattle can, even auto paint too, then, most likely, it'll be valued even less. Ka-Ching!
 
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partsguy

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Aug 13, 2008
10,247
3,777
The Land of Oz
#18
Repainting is something that is a touchy subject. I only repaint if 40-60 percent of the original paint is gone or beyond recognition. For my 1955 blue Radiobike, 1960 purple Dayton, and 1963 gold Silver Jet that is the case. In those situations, the appearance and value can only be improved with a careful, very accurate restoration of the painted parts. Partially or completely.

In this case, your bike is much more special and valuable as it is. Original. Untouched. Just think, someone may have that Rollfast in need of restoration, and your original can provide them with all the info they need to restore their bike! That is why originality is so important to keep if at all possible.
 

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