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1968 Schwinn Racer Restoration – Continued Part 2

Getting closer!  I bought a Brooks double rail saddle for the bike and new black Kenda tires.  It just seems to have the right look for this type of bike.  The rims and hubs have been polished and the bearings have been rebuilt.  A brass brush really helped out for this process.  The frame was completely stripped down, touch up paint was applied over the scratches, a cleaner wax was used and then a final coating of Turtle wax was put on the top.

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2 responses

  1. Ryan

    I recently acquired a ’68 racer in black. The fenders need to be repainted and the frame could use some love. It has a few scratches on it where you can see the dark red primer they used, luckily none of the scratches are down to the bare frame. I am thinking of painting over the scratches and buffing like you did for your bike. I have never done anything like this before and any advice would be awesome 🙂

    Ryan, Chicago

    August 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    • daus300b

      Do whatever you can do to preserve the original paint on the frame. If it is black, you are in luck because automotive touchup paint works well to hide the red. The lettering on the schwinn racer was hand painted, so preserving that is of greater importance that a few scratches. Good luck!

      August 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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