Hi folks, I just picked up a Schwinn Voyageur 11.8, it's the one with the all chrome frame. This is my first exercise in rehabilitating a vintage bike. I say exercise because that's exactly what I got while trying to remove the VERY stuck seatpost for 3 days! For the record, lube didn't work, even the ammonia trick didn't work. Eventually I had to take the drastic and laborious approach, I sawed off the top of the post, and then with a hacksaw blade, I very delicately cut a lengthwise slit through the post (the post was almost 3/8" wall thickness, not the paper thin modern posts). Even after cutting through the post completely it was still quite stuck, but, I got it to start twisting just a few hundredths of an inch at a time in my bench vise, that's all it needed, and a lot of sweat.
So here's my question. The chrome frame has a thin clearcoat over it and it's become just a bit yellowed. There are a couple of areas that the clearcoat is gone and the chrome just looks amazing underneath. How would you attempt to remove the clearcoat in a fairly pain free manner while keeping the pristine chrome beneath safe?
Also, any recommendations of a source for replacement decals (other than Ebay)???