Oh that's really beautiful Chris - all credit to you.
--- In Bicycle_Restoration@yahoogroups.com
Davis" <spitfire14@...> wrote:
> I'm sure most of you read my post about my trials and tribulations
> (below) regarding the restoration of a 1946 JC Higgins for a
> I'd like to report that I finished the bike on 30 May, and I've
> posted "before" and "after" shots in the photos section in
> the "Chris' Bikes" album.
> --- In Bicycle_Restoration@yahoogroups.com, "Chris Davis"
> <spitfire14@> wrote:
> > I'm restoring a '46 JC Higgins for a friend. It's one of a
> > of seven bikes I got on an eBay auction last summer. Had to
> > Dayton, Ohio to pick them up. My friend Samantha sees a photo of
> > Higgins, complete with the art-deco skirt guards and decides
> > the bike she wants. She wants me to restore it (and believe me,
> > needed a complete restoration). However, she wants me to
> > the style of a paint scheme she saw on a prewar Elgin, but in
> > and cream with gold pinstriping. Okay, I can do this, I think.
> > So far, the hard part of the restoration has been progressing
> > without too many surprises. Now, it's time to set my sights on
> > paint. Finding the primer and the cream coloured paint was easy,
> > maroon? Why is it so hard to find maroon paint in my area? Must
> > made of unobtainium. More than likely it's because Samantha
> > specified that colour. A trip to a local auto parts store, and
> > hurrah! Maroon paint! I'm pleased with myself as I head home
> > the paint in the heretofore unobtainable colour.
> > I bet you're wondering where my lucky shirt comes in. Read on,
> > it plays a big part in the painting process.
> > The weekend found me applying the primer coat to the bike. As
> > fenders get parallel cream stripes, I applied a base coat of
> > the fenders before applying the maroon. The frame got its maroon
> > coat of paint without any problems. Then came Monday.
> > With two days to go before Samantha arrives from Florida to
> > her bike, why did I think it would be okay to wear my "lucky
> > On a day I need to do some intricate paint work, I don the shirt
> > without fail turns me into a blithering klutz. I don't know what
> > is about this shirt, but whenever I wear it I either go brainless
> > talentless. Whatever I'm working on turns to s**t. So why did I
> > think it would be okay to wear it on a day I'll be applying
> > pinstriping? Oh, and did I tell you that I hate to pinstripe? I
> > don't dislike pinstripes, I just don't like applying them.
> > Well, I mask off the parallel stripes on the fender and shoot
> > with the maroon paint. When that dries, I'll apply the gold
> > pinstriping to the edges of the cream stripes. But wait, the
> > paint - it crinkling! That didn't happen with the frame! But
> > frame didn't have the cream base coat. Let me check. The cream,
> > yes, it's enamel. The maroon auto paint, you guessed it -
> > Wails of despair fill the garage. But wait! The frame didn't
> > that problem. My primer is compatible with the lacquer. Leaving
> > tape in place, I sand off the crinkled maroon lacquer and shoot
> > another coat of primer. After that dried I shot another coat of
> > maroon. Good lord, it worked! I'm back on track, and I might be
> > able to salvage my schedule.
> > After pulling the tape off the fenders, my cream stripes are
> > intact. Maybe the "lucky shirt" jinx has been broken. Now it's
> > to set my sights on the pinstriping. Did I tell you I hate to
> > pinstripe?
> > Well, the idea of me trying to pinstripe is the worst idea
> > Hitler's father said to his wife, "Let's go upstairs Brunhilde.
> > feeling a little frisky tonight." I have severe Carpal Tunnel
> > syndrome in both hands. I have a hard time holding a pen, much
> > a paint brush. Well, being the smart individual I am, I decide
> > try a gold paint marker. You know, the type with the spring
> > felt tip. Being larger diameter than a paint brush, I might be
> > to hold it better. Did I tell you I hate to pinstripe?
> > Well, I apply the first shaky line of pinstriping. Well,
> > an even flow of paint with one of those is about as reliable as a
> > plumber's estimate. So I go back for the second coat, then the
> > third. By this time, my pinstriping looks reminiscent of
> > applied by a three year old. I knew I shouldn't have worn my
> > shirt. Tuesday will find me touching up the cream striping with
> > paint brush. And the shirt will be in the hamper, if not the
> > garbage. It's just too much of a liability. Oh, and by the way,
> > I tell you I hate to pinstripe?
> > -Chris