Hi, I purchased a nice, new frame in January. It's polished steel, supposedly with a clear coat over it. It looks great.
Except that little brown splotches, maybe a quarter inch to an inch in size, have begun appearing on random surfaces of the frame over the past few weeks. Most of the discoloration is down at the bottom bracket area. Other splotches (some of which seem to have little tentacles that radiate out from a larger center) are on a rear seat stay and on the front fork. So far I've seen about a half a dozen of these splotches, and the worst one is on the rear seat stay.
Most of the splotches are smooth to the touch, however a few of the splotches have texture on them, as if they've come through the clear coat, assuming it's there.
I've got several hundred miles on the bike, and I sweat a lot. The splotches, except maybe around the bottom bracket, don't seem to be in places where I'd drip sweat.
What happened? Bad or non/existent clear coat?
And what remedy, short of suing the person who sold me the bike, might I have?
- Might I be able to re-polish by hand these splotchy areas (I have no experience with that)?
- Is there a way to stop the spread of these splotches? Maybe a new clear coat, or just somehow strip off whatever clear coat might be on the frame, and then paint it?