A few months back I posted this thread about a bike I found on the local c-list: Ranson?
I still don't know much about the make (Ranson), but it is a nice 531 frame with a 600 Arabesque group. My plan is to polish the heck out of the Arabesque parts, lace up some new tubular wheels, and go with a honey or brown leather saddle and perhaps some VO elkhide bar covers.
My question surrounds what to do with the frame. The paint has a lot of oxidation, but there is very little visible rust. I think I will avoid repainting it if possible because it is a pretty unique frame. So, what would you do to protect the finish? Polish? Wax? Take it to a bodyshop and get fresh clearcoat? Framesaver? All or none of the above?