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    Rusty Frames

    Are they a bad idea? I recently posted about the National Pinto I found. It is rather rusty in some bits. In particular the top tube. The bike doesn't show any significant structural damage other than the rusty parts. As a matter of fact, if it weren't for the rust, the bike would look like a 7 on a scale of 1 - 10. It's in pretty good shape with shimano parts etc...but thats not the point.

    My question is, should I go ahead and bring this home? Maybe get it sandblasted and repainted? I know this doesn't help if you can't see photos, but I promise to head out and take pics of it first thing tomorrow morning.

    Anyway, any advice on reviving old, rusty frames would be appreciated.

    cheers.

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    If its surface rust then blast and repaint
    If its pitted, metal flaking, cancerous rust, let it go

    I personally wouldn't mediablast because I'm cheap. I'd use phosphoric acid and brass wool. Not as good as a job but cheaper

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    How rusted? Surface rust is no big deal, that can be removed. Rust that has eaten into the metal is more serious. Rusted from the inside out? It's finished.

    Photos?

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    Just ride it 'til it snaps...
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    I promise, photos tomorrow.
    I didn't have camera with me on my ride home - which incidently only took my 35 min to ride from DUMBO to East Harlem.

    Anyway, the rust doesnt appear to be flaking. I looked it over "fairly" thorough, but I could be mistaken. Seriously, photos tomorrow.

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    You can remove paint and clean up rust with a wire wheel mounted on a drill.

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