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    Rust and preservation

    I have heard about usin Coke or Lemon juice and tin foil to remove rust from chrome but what about painted surfaces? Also I have logos and wrighting on the rusted surface that I wish to preserve or at the very least replicate.
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    I find that Armor-All is a good rust fighter/preventer. I spray it all over the bike, particularly those "rust spots".

    I've never used it to try to rub or clean rust off, but it does seem to dissolve it over time.

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    Hm, a bit of a dilemma all right. What you have right now is patina, which I'd be tempted to preserve. Once that goes, a bike is never quite the same again. Personally, I'd rub the areas where there are rust spots with some kerosene on a rough cloth like an old face flannel. This should remove the rust, but go easy and avoid the decals. It is possible to do a full mechanical overhaul on an old bike and preserve the patina. It's your call, but that would be my instinct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods View Post
    I find that Armor-All is a good rust fighter/preventer. I spray it all over the bike, particularly those "rust spots".
    I've never used it to try to rub or clean rust off, but it does seem to dissolve it over time.
    will that affect the decals?
    Quote Originally Posted by Proofide View Post
    Hm, a bit of a dilemma all right. What you have right now is patina, which I'd be tempted to preserve. Once that goes, a bike is never quite the same again. Personally, I'd rub the areas where there are rust spots with some kerosene on a rough cloth like an old face flannel. This should remove the rust, but go easy and avoid the decals. It is possible to do a full mechanical overhaul on an old bike and preserve the patina. It's your call, but that would be my instinct.
    So, what would you do, just clear laqure to prevent further rust?

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    I don't know that I'd use lacquer, because it would give a different surface. Interesting thought, though, if you wanted to preserve the patina of a really old bike. What people here did in the old days was coat things like wheel rims and other plated surfaces with Vaseline petroleum jelly, especialy in the winter. I don't suppose it would hurt the paintwork, and you could wipe it down to leave just a thin film.
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    You can spray the whole thing with WD-40 or penetrating oil, let it sit a while, then wipe it down; it won't hurt anything and it will take off a lot of grime. Even rubbing the whole thing with motor oil will improve its appearance pretty well. Wipe it all off with a rag, and if your rag comes away clean, you've got as much off as you're going to get. If the paint is still too dull, you can use some polishing compound, but go easy there, it's easy to go right through the decals, and the paint, with abrasives of that kind. When you've got it as clean as it's going to get, apply a lot of wax (rather than lacquer), let dry, and buff.

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    Search is your friend. Rust is discussed a couple of times a week. Lots of ideas, opinions, and experiences out there. Be sure to sort by relevance.

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