Take it back to original paint?

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    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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  2. #2 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    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
     
  3. #3 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    She may have just liked grasshoppers, frogs, or lime sherbet. Or maybe dad was a cheapskate and the paint was on sale. My vote is take it off.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Dec 28, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    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.
     
  5. #5 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    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.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    I highly doubt that was "war" paint.....


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  7. #7 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    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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  8. #8 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    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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  9. #9 Posted Dec 28, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    ...that's not Army green Boris, "that's the frick'n light from the sewage treatment plant." (taken from National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation".)
     
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  10. #10 Posted Dec 28, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    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.
     
  11. #11 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    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.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 28, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    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
     
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  13. #13 Posted Dec 28, 2017

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    I see you must have gotten new cardboard for Christmas.
     
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  14. #14 Posted Dec 28, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    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! 1509634305827452935849.jpg
     
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