Repaint?


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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
106
207
Central, CA, United States
#1
I recently bought a bicycle and paid up for it because it was advertised as NOS. It has a couple paint oddities and I’m trying to determine whether it’s a repaint. I figure you guys have seen way more OG bikes than me. What’s throwing me is the pin striping on the fender. It’s not great, but I don’t know if factory pins sometimes had uneven outcomes. This a 1948 Firestone. Murray built I believe. It also has a pedal block with a chunk missing and what appears to be a touch up. Does this qualify as NOS and do you guys think OG paint?
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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
106
207
Central, CA, United States
#2
And no, I’m not at all unhappy with the bike nor do I think the seller misrepresented this bike. It’s beautiful. Just want to hear opinions.


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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
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207
Central, CA, United States
#6
Okay, one vote on the chalk board. I appreciate your opinion.


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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
106
207
Central, CA, United States
#8
I’m working out of town and will post overalls when I get home.


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Bearclaw

Look Ma, No Hands!
Feb 23, 2017
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#9
Okay then. ;) To my eye, the white pins look like they were masked off and sprayed, something that wasn't done at the factory.
I'm with you on the masked part but do you think he taped out all the red to spray the white or it was white and he used fine line sprayed the red and peeled off tape weird about all the little tics and the way it tails off at the end???
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
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20,360
Evans, GA
#10
If that is that twin headlight Monark then I think the wear on the pedal blocks is incongruent with the condition of the paint. Are the fender braces riveted? What do the undersides of the fenders look like? V/r Shawn
 

Jay81

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Apr 26, 2015
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#13
It's Monark built. In my opinion, it's a repaint. And the pedal with the chunk missing, also shows heavy wear on the other block, indicating a used pedal.
Nice looking bike.
 
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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
106
207
Central, CA, United States
#14
The risks you take buying online I guess. The headlight appears unused and had original paperwork inside. I was hoping the newness applied to the whole enchilada.

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jwages

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 24, 2017
106
207
Central, CA, United States
#15
It must have been stripped and painted? There’s some wear on the top bar and I’m not seeing layers. Or maybe just the fender is restored? When I get home I’ll post some close ups of the tank. The script on it looks fairly clean.

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,440
20,360
Evans, GA
#17
I wouldn't give up just yet. That wear on the top bar is more consistent with a factory finish to me. I'd look under the fenders and see what it looks like. Also fender braces should be riveted. V/r Shawn
 

Blackbomber

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 23, 2018
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#18
Its a fine looking bike. Sucks when things aren’t what we expect. If it rides as good as it looks, you’re going to have a good time.
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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4,234
Seattle, United States
#19
The first thing that sticks out to me is the cad color on the braces / rivet looks painted and not cad coated.. the end of the white pins don’t point at the beginning and has small “dips” which points to taping not brush...The tank has some wear which looks more like scrapes then a soft smooth wear on old paint... in my opinion I’d say it is a old resto of a better caliber...
 

Euphman06

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 17, 2011
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#20
I kind of feel like there's a basecoat of white and then it was taped and sprayed the maroon color to make the pinstripes. Those edges seem just a tad fuzzy, like a bit of painter tape bleeding underneath. I would guess a 1980s-90s quality resto
 

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