Early-Mid 80's Peugeot Super Competition, 1981 Basso, Mid-80's Peugeot Course
Rusty speckle removal
I've got a cromoly frame from the early 90's which has rust speckles on the exterior from being left out for a winter. The inside of the tube is in fine shape, and it's an awesome seafoam green, so I built it up for my girlfriend. I'm curious, though, whether there is a way to remove these rust spots without damaging the paint? I'd like to prevent exterior rust by scrubbing it off, using nail polish, and clear coating. The speckles are all about half a centimeter in diameter, the paint is pretty tough Schwinn paint, and I've already tried Simple Green and a plastic Brillo pad to no effect. Any advice?
You could just wrap some fine grit emery paper on an end of a cotton q-tip and spot rub each each one, then touch up each spot with matching seafoam green paint. The only other option is to try some Permatex Rust Treatment found at auto supply places. If you go the last route, just apply using a cotton q-tip and dab it on the spots and let set for about 24 hours. The biggest problem your going to have is not removing the rust, but rather finding paint to match so you don't have a poka dot looking bike.