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    To paint or Not to paint

    Hi folks. I'm wondering what effect repainting a vintage frame would have on resale value? I know it probably depends upon how bad original paint is. To be specific, I have a mid-'80's Ritchey Timberwolf that has the usual scuffs, scratches, and driveside chainstay's paint has been taking a beating for 30 years (paint only, frame"s OK). I'm not planning on selling it anytime soon, but should I just leave it as is in case I do so new owner could do whatever they wanted with it?
    Sorry, post count isn't high enough yet to post pics, so just asking in general terms. Thanks!

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    Yea...I wouldn't paint that personally...

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    Agree. Don't repaint it.

    If you're concerned about exposed metal oxidizing, you could do some touch up with colour matched paint and preserve the paint with a good wax. At this point preservation, rather than restoration, should be the goal.

    Patina is a good thing. It's only original once.

    I have a ratty De Rosa road bike frame. Same deal, chainstay and usual wear areas are rough as guts, but the main triangle isn't too bad. I wanted to refinish it, but refrained. I ended up buying another one that was rough but had already been resprayed once in its life. That one got the full house make-over with fresh paint, decals and clear coat. But the first one will remain in its state of rugged patina beauty.

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    I repainted a Ritchey Ultra but that frame was in horrible shape. I also repainted a Timber Comp that was pretty bad. I had an original decal set though so once it was done I got a very good price for it when I sold it but I still didn't quite break even on it. I learned my lesson. Unless it is really bad just leave it alone.
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    I'm working toward repainting my Phoenix, only because the paint started to peel off. I wouldn't have done it otherwise. Once it's re-painted it's not really that interesting to a collector any more, if that matters.
    But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see

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    Thanks for the perspectives! I'm going to leave it as is. May as well display the battle scars proudly.

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