> I'd like to take a poll. Who thinks that the term "restored" means
> the bike has been repainted?
ATMO*, "restoration" means "bringing back" an object to any former state (up to and including new), so I suppose this might include repainting... tho I personally prefer to see the term used more conservatively. I think the term "renovation" might be more appropriate for a repaint, since this is the term whose literal meaning is "to make new."
I usually like to reserve the terms "conservation" or "preservation" for a item that has been given new life using no extraordinary means... in other words, using what's there (and not destroying anything that's there in order to replace it with something newer... which would include paint).
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