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    Removing Rust

    So I'm trying to restore my dad's old Scwhinn Varsity. It's got loads of rust on the frame though and I don't want to spend a lot of money. What's the best way to simply remove rust (assuming there is one) while keeping the original paint job? Will I have to give it a "molasses bath" as i saw an earlier post say? And if so, could you tell me how to do it?
    Much Obliged.
    Bernard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernard View Post
    So I'm trying to restore my dad's old Scwhinn Varsity. What's the best way to simply remove rust (assuming there is one) while keeping the original paint job?
    If you've got rust, then the original paint is gone.

    Using #60 mesh sand will clean it up quickly with one of these....
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    I use ZAP cleaner. It's made for rust removal on tile. Wear protection because it uses acid. I spray it on then wipe down with a wet towel after a few minutes. Oxalic acid is safer but takes awhile to work. Search the vintage forum for more hints. Good luck

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    I took on the project of restoring my older brothers rusty 1980 Schwinn Varsity and what I quickly found was I could buy him a much better vintage ride for about the same money I would be spending on the "Varsity rehab". Although he did have some sentimental attachment to the old Schwinn I think he be much more likely to ride and in the end much happier with a lighter and more comfortable machine.

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