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  • #1682
    bikeric
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    Hello All,

    I’ve had a 1998 Homegrown XT (Bass Boat Orange) for some time now.  Love the frame.  Never happy about the color.  I always wished it to be more Orange and less Brown.  It sometimes looked like Red in low light situations.  Anyway, I finally got the motivation to re-paint it.  The frame will be “Bass Boat” glittery, but the color is still an option.

    I have already purchased the proper Blue flake to replicate the 1997 Factory Blue, but I am now leaning against doing a copy of something it is not.  I am actually leaning towards doing something unique (but still Bass Boat).  I considered buying Orange flake and doing a two-color paint (imagine a low-rider ’64 Impala).  Instead I bought a cool green/gold flake.  I still haven’t decided what color it will be, and could still change my mind during the spray-outs.

    Any input on what a cool color choice would be is what I’m after here.  The frame is already 85% stripped, so no going back.

    Thanks,

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    #5468
    tomatoadmin
    Keymaster

    That glitter looks pretty awesome. I don’t know enough about the process-would you do it over a black base coat or what? I think that glitter with a white pearl (like the ’98 2-tone paint jobs) would be pretty bitchin’. I didn’t quite get bass boat in this one but maybe something like that?

    #5469
    livernose
    Participant

    If  it isn’t an original bassboat paint job just paint it whatever bassboat color you think looks cool. It’s hard to  tell how it would look on the frame from looking at the color in a paint container. I personally like the 1997 bassboat metallic because it’s BIG.

    #5470
    bikeric
    Participant

    Stripping the original paint revealed they used a black base coat/primer with silver glitter on top of that.  The top clear coat was just tinted to be whatever color they wanted (blue, orange, red, green, gold, etc.).  

    My plan is to apply a black base and then mix the glitter in clear and apply as many coats as needed to get the sparkle level I like.  Next apply decals and multiple clearcoats over that.  I have the large “Schwinn” downtube decals and made up some extra “S” decals for cups that I’ll apply 1 to the top tube like the 97/98 BBBlue Factory frames.

    I kicked around the idea of 100% Pearl White, but doing the middle section of the seat tube that way would be a nice touch.  I was wrong about aready getting the proper blue flake.  I was comparing it to the green last night and discovered that the blue I purchased has “holographic” in it that gets rainbow”y” in sunlight.

    #5471
    livernose
    Participant

    Sounds like a plan. I’m no painter, but have applied new decals over original 1997 bassboat paint, touched up with areas with paint, and final clear coated over everything on a few of my bikes. The original bassboat paint is not smooth.

    Wonder if  you might be better to apply a few coats of clear before you apply the decals and then clear coat again over top of the decals. Only suggest this because the metallic won’t be smooth and the rougher texture may show in the decals. The clear would smooth the surface out and the decals may look better.

    #5472
    bikeric
    Participant

    You make an excellent point on the smoothness over the glitter.  I might have to do clear layers to get the smoothness under the decals.  I’ll see when I get there.

    I bought some gold glitter on my lunch break.  I’m thinking two-tone green/gold similar to the red/gold Toyota Team combo from 98.  I decided against Pearl White since my stickers would be a base white.

    Now I’m getting motivated to finish getting the old paint remnants off and into primer.

    #5487
    bikeric
    Participant

    Tried to sandblast frame with a cheapo setup and it didn’t work well at all.  Went back to chemical stripping and that didn’t work any better getting those small spots off.  Finally tried a straight razor blade and “shaved” many spots off.  Used sandpaper to even out surface after spot removal.  It’ll be a couple more hours of work before ready for primer.

    My wife reminded me that green/gold would look like Green Bay Packers so I’m back to either solid green or green with white pearl.

    #5488
    livernose
    Participant

    That’s funny your wife mentioned the packers. Be sure and post photos of the progress. It is a lot of prep work making the paint look good.

    #5520
    Guybert541
    Participant

    Super sad to see an original go out like this, but I understand. That orange/red is not a great corlor. Whatever you end up doing (Grean/Pearl) you should do with replacement decals in mind, SO iconic. Post phots of the fished work. 

     

    #5522
    bikeric
    Participant

    I totally understand the horrific thought of “killing” a true Bass Boat paint job, but this frame was an exception for me.  This would have qualified as a “second” quality paint job had I seen it on a bike shop floor.  As bad of an example of Orange as you could find.

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    #5523
    livernose
    Participant

    Whits Industries hubs?, Titec Ti stem. Pretty cool parts to have.

    #5524
    bikeric
    Participant

    3 things make me a Schwinn Homegrown fan: 1-Murica, 2-The Ride, 3-The Bling

    The re-spray will give it the Bling it failed to get at birth.  Livernose, those are Chris King hubs wink.  I’m sorry to say that in a moment of weakness I sold the Titec Ti stem crying.  I do still have the Titec Ti seatpost.  I dropped the seat down in that picture for my daughter to ride it, and put that cushy gel seat on it.  At the time, it was the best choice for a fast “road” bike I had for her.  She has since been “upgraded” to a real road bike, which meant the Homegrown started collecting dust bunnies.  Time for a makeover and back out on the dance floor.

    #5525
    livernose
    Participant

    Those Titec titanium posts are hard to find. 

    #5527
    bikeric
    Participant

    I finally got back to work on the frame.  My wife and dad both said go with the holographic blue, so that’s what it will be.  I cleaned off the remainder of old paint with a razorblade and sanded the whole frame with 180 grit sandpaper.  Next came 2 coats of grey primer (I had it on the shelf, so didn’t buy black primer).  Talked myself into starting with a turquoise base coat, also because I had a can of it on my shelf.  I hit it with a clear mixed with the glitter (no pic of that yet) and realize it will take many, many coats.  

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    #5528
    Guybert541
    Participant

    Definitely a better color than the old. Looking good so far, are you going to replace the decals at all, or leave it blank? Looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

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