How to Restore a Schwinn Stingray

By Nathaniel Miller

The Schwinn Stingray is a classic bicycle that is an icon of American engineering. With long swooping handlebars and styling more focused on comfort than function, the Stingray is easily recognized by its oversized toptube, coaster-style brakes and red/white color scheme. Unfortunately, many Stingrays are in disrepair or have been all but forgotten by their owners. If you can manage to get your hands on a Schwinn Stingray you are lucky, but it may not be in great shape. It is possible to restore the Stingray to its once-impressive luster with just a few simple steps.

Use the dish soap, bucket, sponge and some water to clean up the bike the best you can. Make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies of the different bike parts.

Use the chrome polish to work on buffing out any rust or surface oxidation on the handlebars and pedals.

Use the drill and grinder to grind down any rusty areas and to grind all of the paint off of the metal bike frame. Wipe off the grinding dust with a towel, then use the primer spray paint to coat the entire bicycle, and allow to dry thoroughly. Follow the primer up with two coats of the red Schwinn paint, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats.

Apply the the decals according to the included manufacturer's instructions, after the paint has completely dried.

Pump the tires up with the tire pump. Spray down all moving parts with WD-40 and then use the Armor All to polish up the seat. Take your new-looking bike for a test spin.