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I’ve confirmed this is an ‘81 Raleigh.
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I’m removing the blue anodizing since it’s going through a color change. I’m not sure what’s going to be what, but I’m going to start with a blank slate.
 

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The chrome under the handlebars is broken, so I’ll have to make a decision on how I handle them. The cranks were near perfect under all the scratches anodized finish. The gooseneck, it turns out, is aluminum! I wish I had taken a “before” picture, but sometimes I move too fast when I’m experimenting. So I got all the anodizing off, but there were a lot of scratches and dings. Whether I color it or leave it bare, I had to take out the scratches. Hours and hours of sanding later, I was able to polish them. Now it’s like a mirror.

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So far I’m enjoying this BMX restoration. It’s my first one, so hopefully I do it justice and it attracts enough attention to find a new home.
 

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For anyone who may not know... 12G spokes are a huge pain in the aas, and rare enough to make them expensive. I've been waiting for WEEKS on a solution to some issues we've been having (basically, non-confidence in measurements). So... I just got off the phone with the spoke builder. I'm toss the 12G hubs to the side, get 14G hubs, re-measure, cut & roll the 14G, then get them here. @Pondo and two other guys are waiting for their wheels from me, and this has taken way too long.

Frustrating!!
 

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Opinion question: I'm restoring this, and I usually go all out, despite what I can sell it for at the end. And even though this bike won't be restored to what it looked like originally, I'm still trying to make it look like a nice vintage BMX with most the original parts. That being said, do I spray paint the original seat red, or do I just spend $22 and get a vinyl replacement?

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Opinion question: I'm restoring this, and I usually go all out, despite what I can sell it for at the end. And even though this bike won't be restored to what it looked like originally, I'm still trying to make it look like a nice vintage BMX with most the original parts. That being said, do I spray paint the original seat red, or do I just spend $22 and get a vinyl replacement?

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Wet sand it all the way down and die it? Worth a shot, right

 

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Opinion question: I'm restoring this, and I usually go all out, despite what I can sell it for at the end. And even though this bike won't be restored to what it looked like originally, I'm still trying to make it look like a nice vintage BMX with most the original parts. That being said, do I spray paint the original seat red, or do I just spend $22 and get a vinyl replacement?

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soak it in a bucket of bleach in the sun. but first scrub it down with a MR clean eraser pad. you would be surprised how it turns out. I do it to old mags and seats all the time.
 

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I sought some expertise on the gold rims I was going to use on my MX build. Turns out there wasn’t anything special about them. The gold was a bit worn, and scratched, so I decided to use them on this build, but change them up.

They went from this

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To this
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To this
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It won’t be as strong, but it looks good. I just need to be very careful while building them.
 

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I sought some expertise on the gold rims I was going to use on my MX build. Turns out there wasn’t anything special about them. The gold was a bit worn, and scratched, so I decided to use them on this build, but change them up.

They went from this

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To this
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To this
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It won’t be as strong, but it looks good. I just need to be very careful while building them.
Those rims turned out sweet!
 

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@CRASH , add a coat or two of the Duplicolor 1K Clear over the top of that Metalcast and it will hold up better to scratching and foreign substances (like gasoline, etc). I sprayed it over my RaTs GaSs paint and now 3 yrs later it's still pretty intact.

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@CRASH , add a coat or two of the Duplicolor 1K Clear over the top of that Metalcast and it will hold up better to scratching and foreign substances (like gasoline, etc). I sprayed it over my RaTs GaSs paint and now 3 yrs later it's still pretty intact.

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Good tip, but I think it’s too late. I can’t spray a clear over it after a week of curing. That’s just too long.
 

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@RustyGold my perfectionist brain is telling me to cut these tabs as I am not going to use a chain guard on this restoration. But I am planning on selling it when it’s done. I don’t know how picky the BMX community is. I mean, I’m already changing the color scheme. Are they going to be up in arms that I cut them off? Should I just leave them because they are original?

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@RustyGold my perfectionist brain is telling me to cut these tabs as I am not going to use a chain guard on this restoration. But I am planning on selling it when it’s done. I don’t know how picky the BMX community is. I mean, I’m already changing the color scheme. Are they going to be up in arms that I cut them off? Should I just leave them because they are original?

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