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Need help here .... the Schwinn project is at a crossroads(6 posts)

Need help here .... the Schwinn project is at a crossroadsDjudd
Oct 24, 2002 4:30 PM
The Schwinn World Voyageur fixie is coming along fine except I just found out on oldroads.com that these frames are chromed throughout and then painted over (the lugs are not painted)Which gives me the possibilty of stripping the frame and shining up that chrome. The obvious question is ...is it worth it? The paint is not bad (orange) as is and I don't know what the cost to have it done professionally would be. Has anyone done anything similar? and was the result worth it? If i do it will I be the talk of the town, the snazziest kid on the block?

thanks
re: Need help here .... the Schwinn project is at a crossroadsdesmo
Oct 24, 2002 8:16 PM
I almost did this to an old Bianchi I had but never really trusted that there would be nice chrome "everywhere" under the paint. I personally think a painted frame with exposed chrome lugs looks nicer than an all chrome frame. But then again you could go reverse and have a chrome frame with painted lugs. Then again you really must weigh how much responsibility is involed in being the snazziest kid on the block. It may be too much to bear. Talk of the town on the other hand is always a good thing.
re: Need help here .... the Schwinn project is at a crossroadsrwbadley
Oct 24, 2002 8:41 PM
It's possible the paint is hiding something you may not want to see. I saw an 'uncovered' chromie, and it looked ok. Not that impressive. There were a number of places that had less than stellar appearance. But it depends also on how close you look. From five feet away it looked fine. If you can see not too much damage on the paint, the chrome should be pretty good underneath.

I might try it just to see what happens, you could always repaint it! Let us know

RW
Ride the....wspokes
Oct 25, 2002 4:19 AM
ride the hell out of it and let it strip itself over time!!
Saw that exact same bike on CNC tour a few weeks agoLone Gunman
Oct 26, 2002 6:37 AM
The paint was peeling and the guy said he had 2 or 3 of tose and was thinking of selling them and buying new Treks for he and his wife. I mentioned the value or coveted value of all chrome bikes these days for collectors etc on ebay...no telling what the guy may do. Also mentioned the full restore thing if he really liked the frame and bike. It was the Molteni orange color, almost cremecicle orange. Then again, my Voyager 11.8 is full chrome.
mine is that same orange not, a bad paint job....Djudd
Oct 28, 2002 5:24 PM
I just ponder the cool factor in a full chrome fixie