I have a vintage frame I want to build up. The paint is in pretty bad shape and I want to touch it up to protect it from rust. Got some primer and paint (went with flat black rustoleum as the frame is flat black and I don't need a perfect match as I'm not going for a full restore).
The fork also needs a little touching up and is chromed under the paint. I've heard some people say that the chroming was used instead of primer. Does that mean I won't need to prime that before putting touch up paint on it, or should I still touch it up?
Also, I've never used rustoleum before (or any paint for metal). What thinner do I use for cleanup? Is the tin of mineral spirits I have laying around good enough?
On to the bb question. I've seen a number of people (including Sheldon Brown) recommend a cover for the cup and cone type bb. Was at the lbs last night looking for one and only one of the guys knew what I was talking about and he said they didn't have any, but it didn't matter because they don't do any good. To qualify him as a source of information, he also told me that you can't buy new cup and cone bb's (something I did a month or two ago), so I'm not sure how much I can trust him about older bike parts (his response when I was looking for dropout adaptor claws for bikes without RD hangers was I should just buy a cheap RD that came with the claw - though they did eventually find me a couple of heuret claws in a back drawer).
Was he right? Are the bb covers not really useful, or is it something I should look for (at another source)?