I have a fuji gran touring se mixte frame (I thin 1980 or '81) that I'd like to build up for my wife. The part of scavenging parts to make it just the way I want it for the way she'll use it and planning it out is 90% done, so now I need to get to actually doing the work.
The first issue is the paint. (Actually, the first issue is cold setting the frame to take a modern wheel and 8 speed cassette, but I have that planned out using the allthread and nuts with washers method and am picking up the supplies tomorrow at the local Ace.)
So when I acquired the frame, the paint was in pretty bad shape and there was a fair bit of surface rust. A kindly member here (thanks 1eippo), soaked the frame in his oxalic acid bath to take care of the rust (and got out the fixed bb cup that bent my sheldon brown fixed cup remover bolt). But I still have paint in pretty bad shape. Now, my wife said she wouldn't mind riding a bike with some rust, but I'm not going for that. I'd like to at least get all the metal covered and protected. Powder coating is too expensive, and I like the colors/decals, so I just want to touch it up. I know it'll show that it's been touched up, but as long as it's covering the metal and a similar black, that'll be good. I'd like to do it as cost and time effective as possible, but I've never done this before.
Anyway, what I'm working with (no, I don't know what PO did to get it so bad, maybe wanted a new color and decided to take the old off with a razor blade?):
So that's what I'm starting with. Suggestions for the most cost (and labor) effective way to proceed? I'm assuming I'm going to need to lay down some primer and then several coats of flat black paint in the brown spots while using a high grit (how high?) sandpaper to sand down the edges and stroke marks. Any recommended type/brand/source for the flat black paint and primer? I'm assuming, the black wood paint I used to put borders and a chessboard on the coffee table my wife and I built won't work here. Most useful type of brush?