I finally got an orange schwinn
There's not a lot of orange in great shape but I'm gonna salvage what i can.
The head lugs are a delightful mixture of surface rust and chrome.
The whole frame is chrome underneath the paint. The surface rust I've looked at so far has been on top of the chrome...so remedying the rust is leaving me with chrome spots. It doesn't actually look so bad. here's a before of one of the nastier spots.
I hit it with 2000 grit, then 1000, then 600 which finally got the rust off and then went back up again in grit and now I've just got a big chrome patch where all the rust and crazed paint was. I'll put up some pics of that later when my camera charges back up...its dark in my house and the flash eats the batteries.
I tried 600 grit on the lugs but they haven't improved yet so I'm gonna try something attached to a dremel next I think.
Should be fun, it might even look OK when im done killing the rust. No idea how I'm gonna build it yet.
One quick question..I've got a couple of neat Schwinn stems with the big "S" on em...they're the odd schwinn size though and don't fit. Can I shim a .833" stem to work in a 22.2mm steerer safely?