I took my frame and fork to a chrome plater to have the fork chromed and the frame chemically stripped. The fork turned out well but the steel on the frame was discoloured and scratched from a wire brush, so I went to work on it with some abrasive paper.
Now I'm getting to the point where the bare (almost) polished steel is starting to look good. I've polished and flattened Plane irons and chisels by hand, so I know I can get a mirrored surface on it that would rival chrome. I don't think I want to go that far though. I would like the steel bits to look like steel, and the chrome to look like chrome. I also know that the more highly polished steel is, the more it shows rust.
So I'm thinking of clear powdercoating over the bare steel. I've searched some threads on powdercoating, and several people have mentioned rust appearing under the powdercoat. I suspect poor preparation is the culprit. I believe that I can get the frame clean enough that abrasive blasting is unnecessary, unless it's to key the surface. Obviously I will have to discus this with whichever powdercoater I choose.
Should I just spray some rattlecan auto clear on it, and see if it rusts? At least I can strip off the auto clear easier than stripping off p/coat.
And it's a nondescript (I assume) probably Taiwanese frame. Nice enough and light enough but no museum piece.
The serial numbers are on the bottom bracket :438283, Q9,4. Brazeons for 2 bidon carriers and shifters only, cast dropouts with screw adjusters. So should I just go straight to powdercoat, or try a clear sprayed finish first?