Saving flaking paint


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MrAustralia

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 12, 2015
232
138
Queen Victoria Crescent, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
#1
Hi team CABE,

What's the best way (if there is a way) to preserve original but flakey paint?

I scored a brilliant original paint Hawthorne/rollfast banana tank with tons of patina and character, in exactly the same color as my bike, but the paint is really fragile.......

I know clear coating it is taboo, but what's the best way to preserve it??

Photos of the tank attached for reference. Any assistance appreciated!

Cheers

MrA

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Roger Henning

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 2, 2018
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Sharon Wisconsin
#2
I have a 1953 Varsity which the paint was all like that. Basically just to preserve the bike and its decals I removed the mechanical parts and clear coated what was left. That was 5 or 6 years ago and it hasn't degraded anymore. Roger

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TieDye

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Aug 24, 2015
552
402
Henderson, MI, United States
#3
Cool tank! If you want it to stay looking like it is, I would just apply Linseed oil on it. Do a total of 3 coats, dry time 15 minutes each, wipe down very well, and reapply, etc. That would seal it, protect it and this level of patina.
 

Pantmaker

I live for the CABE
Dec 1, 2013
1,062
908
Scottsdale, AZ
#4
I have had a number of great results using boiled linseed oil to stabilize old flaking paint. Use care when applying it over the really rough spots. On these areas I have use a very soft blunt brush...go kind of heavy... and dab it on, so I don't disturb the worst of flaking spots. It seems to self level and stick the paint flakes back down. Good luck.
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
5,651
16,044
Costa Mesa, California. United States
#5
I agree with the sentiments above.
This 1940 Dayton Mainliner has the same condition paint, and to preserve its originality I too applied a generous coat of oil to the paint.
It seemed to re moisturize the paint and has stabilized the situation.
At first it looks too greasy, but that soon evaporates, and leaves the paint looking about as good as it can given the circumstances surrounding its age.
A much better solution than clear coating, which to me is just the first step in what will eventually be a re paint.
Besides, if it's made it this far, it's not going anywhere anytime soon.
It'll make it another 80 years without too much trouble.
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
9,042
6,782
Central Arizona
#6
Add one more to the linseed oil club. Only thing I'd do different is spray it on verses wiping it on. A couple coats with the first one a light sealing coat. That paint looks VERY fragile so spraying won't disturb any of the remaining paint "particles". lol

Vid that somewhat shows the process.
 
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MrAustralia

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 12, 2015
232
138
Queen Victoria Crescent, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
#7
Thanks CABE!!

What would I do without you!!

I'll give it a go & post the results!

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