So I did it again. Got burned on an ebay purchase. I need to stay away from ebay.
This time it was a frame that I bought where the seller described it at one point as "looks unused". The pictures (black frame with chrome forks) looked a little dinged in the paint, but not too bad (pics were kind of dark so I took the seller at his word rather than asking for new pics - stupid me). I did ask him a few other questions before purchase with regards to the drop outs, seatpost mobility, and the condition of the fork, but that was all.
When the frame showed up I guess I could say it looks unused if that means left outside in the sun and rain for the last 30 years (it's an '80 or '81 Fuji Gran Tourer SE mixte I'd planned on building up for my wife).
So now I have this frame that the chrome looks ok (maybe a little spotty, but that can probably be polished), but the pain is missing chips all over the place (including one long stretch of about 5" by maybe 1/4" where it's missing and there is what appears to be dark surface rust (more black brown than reddish, but I don't think that's just the color of the naked metal).
When I contacted the seller to say what the hell, he said the looks unused was referring to the parts attached to the frame as if to say they were original and that the whole thing looked unused 10 years ago before he'd taken the parts off and he'd ridden it year round and then put the parts back on, and then went off about how he'd undercharged me for shipping and I should be grateful for what I'd got.
So basically, no chance at working anything out with him. That leaves me with 2 choices as I see it:
1: fix the paint
2: sell it at a loss on CL and go buy the Soma Buena Vista to build up for my wife instead like I should have done in the first place
I've never done a repaint before, so I don't know how much time/work is involved. A powdercoat would not be worth the cost. A chemical bath is not possible at my current location. Can I just rub at the rust with steel wool and then paint over it? What type of paint would I use? It's a sort of semigloss black, so color matching shouldn't be too hard.
Is fixing the paint what I should try, or should I just sell this karmic black hole and get it out of my life (at a loss I'm sure as I overpaid for what I thought was a nice frame in a harder to find bigger size) and move on?