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Old 05-09-07, 09:59 AM   #1
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Cleaning An Old Frame

I am restoring an old Schwinn (1966). Paint is in decent shape. Without getting too kooky or involved, does anyone have a technique of polishing up an old frame that makes it look nice?
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I used Colorback polish on a pretty rough Jeunet my neighbor put out for trash pickup. With a little elbow grease it did a great job removing many years of old grime and the paint ended up looking pretty nice. There might be better stuff, but I happened to have it on hand. Sorry, no before and after pics.
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WD40 does it all.
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Also, what is a good way to repair /repaint chips on the frame, some of which show light rust?
Brass wool then matching paint?

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If you have a dremel with a polishing attachment, you can really make it shine.
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and one more question.

I've got two chrome fenders. The outside looks nice but I need to clean up the inside part. Doesn't have to be perfect, but it's loaded with rust and want to get it off. WD40 again?
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and one more question.

I've got two chrome fenders. The outside looks nice but I need to clean up the inside part. Doesn't have to be perfect, but it's loaded with rust and want to get it off. WD40 again?
You could pour a bit of oxalic acid solution into it, and move it around until each section has had a couple hours to soak. WD-40 is good at removing the older rust, but the acid stops rust in its tracks.
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I've used something called "paint renovator" with some success. It's basically a very mild buffing compound in a liquid state. Go easy, and start on the underside of the frame. If you see much color on your cloth, discontinue - you're removing too much paint. You could probably buy a bit of something similar from a local body shop. Then use a good auto wax and you should be in business.
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I vote for Zud cleanser. It has oxalic acid in it, and I think ground quartz as an abasive. I just did three Schwinns, they came out great.
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Also, what is a good way to repair /repaint chips on the frame, some of which show light rust?
Brass wool then matching paint?

Nail polish. Seriously it comes in oodles of colors, and is pretty durable, and cheap.
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