Take it back to original paint?


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Boris

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Feb 16, 2008
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#1
About 15 years ago, this '40 CW Western Flyer was the first bike that picked this up when I got back into collecting after about a 20 year hiatus. I always liked the army green, because I figured the girl who owned it had it painted this way during the war. Yes, I know there is that history, and if the wheels were painted to match at the same time, I'd probably leave it green, But they weren't. Long story short, curiosity has gotten the better of me, and I do know the original paint is probably not the greatest, but I'm thinking that I would like to bring it back as best I can. Also, there was no chainguard when I purchased the bike and I do have one that is the same color as the original blue.

What are your thoughts on removing the green that was probably done during the war?

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rhenning

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#2
Removing the paint and repainting is going to cost more in time, money and effort than it is worth to do. It is your bike and you will need to decide if you want to do it or not. If it was me I wouldn't have bought the bike in the first place. The reason is any girls bike that has passed through my hands as ended up being a money pit. Roger
 

partsguy

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Aug 13, 2008
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#4
I have never been successful in removing house paint. If that green has been there for 70 years, I do not think it will come off and leave the old paint behind. I would leave it alone.

I do understand the sentiment behind it though. It was the first of many bikes. I was there. Sold my first classic, in basket case condition, to a trucker about four years ago.
 

CWCMAN

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Mar 2, 2014
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#5
A repaint is a repaint. It does not matter what era it was done or speculating that it was a "war time" tribute. If the paint seems to be coming off easily, then go for it. You never know. A nice layer of original paint might be underneath.
 

Boris

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Feb 16, 2008
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#7
All good points, and I know the final decision rests with me, but I made up a story based on the attempt to blackout some parts which led me to think that it was a wartime tribute effort. I've done my fair share of paint removals with no remorse, but this one makes me stop and think twice.
I guess the bigger question is, do you believe there is any merit in leaving a repaint for the sole purpose of preserving that particular bikes history? Posted here because it could be a good topic for discussion.
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
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#8
Dave removing the paint is costly and time consuming. I’m looking at the whole picture. To I ask my self what will I get out of it. Will it increase the monetary value. After all that’s the underlying elements of this in the future. I say no. So I’d keep it and use it. It’s worth more as a rider than putting money time and energy in it.
 
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SHO2010

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#10
I get the feeling that you want to repaint it. If that is what you're gut feeling is do it. It's your bike now. If there was a good story behind the green paint that might change things but do what you want.
 

vincev

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Nov 2, 2008
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#11
I think you should leave it as is.Story has it that Mamie Eisenhower rode that bike with Ike across Europe.His was military green so they stopped at a farm,stole green paint and painted hers.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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#12
It's not olive drab and green was a very popular color back in the day, for some unknown reason. Looks like 40's and 50's window sash green Grandma used on her nice brick house. Those ugly green window frames ruined the looks of the house.
I hate green bikes so I'd remove it. Maybe slap some yellow John Deer stickers on it if you leave it green. ;) ..................... :D
 

BWbiker

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#14
Boris, my vote is leave it military green and bequeath it to your Fearless Leader, OR you might get lucky if you paint it pink and give it to Natasha!
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