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Old 01-16-07, 06:06 PM   #1
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How problematic is a little rust?

Got a beater frame the other day on the cheap, but it has some rust in spots. looks like just surface rust. a bit on the dropouts/forkends and on some scratches on the frame.
any tips for removing it/treating to prevent more? could it eventually compromise the frame?

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Old 01-16-07, 06:11 PM   #2
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sand down the rust spots and repaint with nail polish or clear coat

should be fine unless its deep rust..
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Old 01-16-07, 06:15 PM   #3
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file or sand it down.
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so there aren't any rust removal products from the automotive world that would be useful? sanding seems sort of drastic. i don't really want to have to repaint this frame.
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Old 01-16-07, 09:32 PM   #5
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i wouldnt worry too much about it. hit the inside with some frame saver.
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Ive used http://www.por15.com/ on many things and its amazing. You can get a cheap little kit for about 15 bucks. The rust will never ever come back ever ever. Did i say ever?
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ah, frame saver. never heard of that, but i knew something like that had to exist. thanks.
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nice, i'll see if i can find some of that por15 for the outside.
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You can treat it with a rust converter. I'd still try to clean the area before using it though.

As far as "compromising the frame"... you've got years before that would be an issue.
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Velo Orange has frame saver; you can also find it at especially well equipped lbses. If 25th and Girard is in Canada you can use this stuff, it's available at canadian tire in the paint section.
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You can treat it with a rust converter. I'd still try to clean the area before using it though.

As far as "compromising the frame"... you've got years before that would be an issue.
do you mean clean the area of rust, or clean the area with the rust so the treatment takes better?

if the former, what would you suggest?
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I like touching rusty bikes with my salad fingers.......
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can POR15 or Rustcheck be painted over?
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can POR15 or Rustcheck be painted over?
I know POR15 can..ive done it many times. POR15 dries hard as nails. Sand it a bit and paint as usual.

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just thinking about that cartoon creeps me out.
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Rustcheck can't be painted over, but its supposed to go inside your frame where paint can't be applied. Both it and Framesaver are a kind of thick oil-based goo that coats, drives away moisture and keeps further moisture out. I have rustcheck in my frame. It's meant to keep canadian cars' wheel wells from falling apart in winter road salt so i feel ok about using it for my bike. Also theres a picture of a bike on the label. I hear framesaver works like boiled linseed oil, goes on thin and then hardens.

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dipper, thats a bit beyond "a little rust"
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