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This is the first build off I'm entering where I don't have a "plan." I don't even know what bike I'm using yet. All I know is that I need a "grocery getter," so I'm building around this big ol' basket. I probably won't make much progress for another couple weeks, though.
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B.O.B. (Big Ol' Basket)
 
Soul-G in da house! Look forward to your build this year, friend. Have a good end of the school year wrap up, and we'll see you soon!
 
This is the first build off I'm entering where I don't have a "plan." I don't even know what bike I'm using yet. All I know is that I need a "grocery getter," so I'm building around this big ol' basket. I probably won't make much progress for another couple weeks, though.
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Huge basket fan…. My last 2 competition builds here had baskets. Last summer’s build I did the Raleigh, Quechua had the rear baskets, and my winter build (FYA) was full on crazy basket mode with baskets front and rear.

Looking forward to seeing your build!
 
How's your year wrapping up, Soul-G brother? Ready to RaT n' RoLL on this baby yet?
 
I got everything disassembled down to the frame and began stripping the spray paint. I knew by using a chemical stripper that it wouldn’t be a precise job unless I wanted it ALL off. In some areas, I got the desired outcome ( removing just the spray paint but not the factory coat ), while other areas everything came off. I’m going to work at it a bit more and see what happens.
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I got a bit carried away with the stripper, and now half the frame is down to primer or bare metal. I have to decide whether to strip it all the way down to bare metal and leave it that way or to paint it ( which I don’t want to do ). Another idea is to get creative and paint some of it a couple different colors to make it look like the bike had been painted a few different colors during its existence.
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I got a bit carried away with the stripper, and now half the frame is down to primer or bare metal. I have to decide whether to strip it all the way down to bare metal and leave it that way or to paint it ( which I don’t want to do ). Another idea is to get creative and paint some of it a couple different colors to make it look like the bike had been painted a few different colors during its existence. View attachment 268394
I love the look it has now. I’d give it some 2k clear and roll on
 
I got a bit carried away with the stripper, and now half the frame is down to primer or bare metal. I have to decide whether to strip it all the way down to bare metal and leave it that way or to paint it ( which I don’t want to do ). Another idea is to get creative and paint some of it a couple different colors to make it look like the bike had been painted a few different colors during its existence. View attachment 268394
I really like the bare metal look with some clear over. I think this looks good as is. Flat clear always looks better to me.
 
I kind of like the messing around with paint. Heck, you already know how to take it off if you don't like it! 😁

You did a great RaT'ina on that OJ Award winner a few years back. Give it a shot, but tgen fer sure use the Dead Flat Clear for a top finish coat.
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Got a can of a Creamy White or Light Tan or muted Yellow? I could see a light mist of it over all of it to make it seem like they were added overtime and are just now peeking through. If you want, get a sponge and add some mustard to it and splotch some on in areas over each color and then spray the light top coat. Let dry for about 15 mins,and then hose off for the 'peeled back' paint look!

Have fun with it!
 
I applied all that paint just to remove most of it. Sanding, steel wool-ing, mineral spirits-ing got me to about what I was imaging. Then, to make the paint look more aged, I followed it all up with amber shellac, which Odd Job turned me on to a few years ago. It’s pretty much where I want it. The tedious part was rubbing out all the “spray.” I thought it looked too unnatural, so I had to meticulously search the frame for those places.
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