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    Senior Member yusuke343's Avatar
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    rust during build...

    fellow frame builders,

    when building a steel lugged frame out of Columbus or Dedacciai, is it common to have rust accumulate around/inside/outside the tubing? how do you get rid of it inside the tubes? how do you prevent the rust from forming?

    as always, thanks
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    A little surface rust is not a concern. Just clean the metal with some sort of abrasive material in the joint area before you try to join/braze anything.

    After the frame is finished, a good soak in a phosphate solution is a good idea. It will get rid of that rust and leave a coating on the frame which will provide a little protection from future rust and give the paint a good surface to adhere to. Autobody shops sell phosphate solution, often called metal conditioner, as well as many hardware stores.

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