I bought my Torpado about a month ago, and I am planning on doing some (mostly cosmetic) upgrades and general overhaul. I've never really cleaned an entire bike before, so if you guys could give me some tips, I'd be grateful! I'm trying to put together a list of things I'll need to fix 'er up nice and purty. As a reward, I shall supply pictures of the finished product.
I have all the tools necessary to strip my entire bike down to the frame already, so that's not an issue. My first question deals with rust and paint touch-up. I've done some searching on the topic, and most people suggest oxalic acid. So once I get the stuff, how do I apply it to just portions of my frame? Or is this really only used for components? Here are some pictures of some of the rust I'm trying to get off my bike:
You can see around the lugs some rusting that I want to get in check. (The bottom bracket is the worst. Not bad, but worse.) So I plan on removing this rust, then getting an automotive touch-up paint matched to my current one. Then I'm going to wax the frame. Also, can I use oxalic acid on any components, such as my rear cassette and brakes? Will it hurt aluminum? Chrome? What kind of a container can I put it in?
I'm going to clean up my chrome fork and rear chainstay with some chrome product (Mother's?)
I'm also replacing my brake housings. Do I just look for 5mm brake cable housings, like Jagwire?
I guess most of my confusion is how to clean up and preserve my frame. I plan on taking pictures and documenting the process for people to see in the future.
Thanks for the help!