Today I started cleaning the frame of dirt, grease and left over glue from the old stickers. I had the chance to remove some myself with a hairdryer to warm up the glue before pulling them off. This melts the glue and it comes with the sticker. But the previous owner had pulled some off without that precaution, so now I have some glue to remove with lighter fluid. What a nasty job!
Stickers are great since they protect the original finish. The more original finish you have the better. This means less work for you. Mind you this is not my first CCM restoration and their finish is not that thick.
Always clean the frame and fork with solvent to remove grease and dirt BEFORE you sand, I use paint thinner myself. This will prevent all this crap to get itself in the metal and eventually into the primer and color. You will be standing there baffled at all the funky things happening to your paint job if you don't take this precaution. Trust me, been there.(Aaaaaaaargh maud%t T$b%rn&c!) If you sand an unclean frame, even the primer should come out funky.
I've finally decided on a colour scheme. I'm going with metallic red with a white front end. The front of the frame, the headtube and lugs, and the fork will be white. I've found some white primer from Krylon. This should be great, I've had good experiences with white primer in building models. The top color comes out more vibrant.
Here's a tip: If this is your first time repainting a bike, start with the fork. If you screw up the fork while learning this overhaul thing, it won't be a big deal to start over. Redoing an entire frame is another ball game. Learn on something small first and there's nothing quite as filthy as a fork. You'll know right away if your cleaning technic is good enough.
Next post, sanding. Til next time, keep your hands dirty!