I just got a pretty rough 1982/83 Colnago Superissamo that I feel I need to rescue. It is full chrome under the paint. Pretty sure it is original paint and decals so I get to see first hand how it came from the factory. All the exposed chrome is poor, gone on the top of the fork crown and the tops of the lugs. I have painted a few classic cars & bikes and have the equipment so quality paint is mostly labor and not much in materials cost for me. I'm tracking down local chrome sources with bicycle tubing experience. This bike will be fore me, not to resell.
I'm asking for suggestions on how to handle this dent if I re-chrome the frame. The dent will be under the paint.
The dent is 25mm x 15mm x 2.5mm at its deepest.
1. I am assuming if it is filled with braze it would take chrome and never pop out. Would it weaken it?
2. Is it possible or practical or safe to "work it" to be not as deep, either from inside from the bottom bracket opening or maybe to pull from the outside by brazing on a lug to pull.
3. Would it be better to just keep chrome off that part and fill it with a high quality filler (which I can do)?
I am looking to understand all options before I talk to the man that would do the brazing.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated... Marvin