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Old 06-10-14, 09:57 AM   #26
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I honestly don't understand why so many people say you need to put clear coat over a chrome plated bicycle.

Most of my BMX bikes in the 80s were chrome and didn't have clear coat over them. Car bumpers, door handles, side mirrors, etc were once fully chromed steel and that was never an actual problem either.
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Old 06-10-14, 10:05 AM   #27
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I honestly don't understand why so many people say you need to put clear coat over a chrome plated bicycle.

Most of my BMX bikes in the 80s were chrome and didn't have clear coat over them. Car bumpers, door handles, side mirrors, etc were once fully chromed steel and that was never an actual problem either.
Gotta protect that protective coating.
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Old 06-10-14, 10:52 AM   #28
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Yup, that's 100% hogwash.

FWIW, the chrome Soma Rush isn't clear coated.
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Old 06-10-14, 03:02 PM   #29
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I honestly don't understand why so many people say you need to put clear coat over a chrome plated bicycle.

Most of my BMX bikes in the 80s were chrome and didn't have clear coat over them. Car bumpers, door handles, side mirrors, etc were once fully chromed steel and that was never an actual problem either.
Yep. Back in the day, every review of a chrome bike in BMX Action, Freestylin', and BMX Plus! always talked about how great it was that chrome frames were essentially chip and scratch resistant. That's one of the big reasons (back in high school, 1990 or so) I mail ordered a GT Elite Pro Series frame with the lunch money I stashed away for bike stuff.

Ahhh... nostalgia.
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Old 06-10-14, 03:08 PM   #30
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These look amazing
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Old 06-10-14, 03:13 PM   #31
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The bike had more character and individuality with the madison paint scheme...
My first thought seeing that stripped to chrome madison was chrome pista with lugged fork...
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Old 06-10-14, 04:19 PM   #32
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For all the work involved, why not just go with a Reynolds 925 stainless steel frame?

The look of bare steel.
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Old 06-10-14, 05:04 PM   #33
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Simply amazing, would have never believed it if I had not seen it. Chrome under paint, that is NUTS!!
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Old 06-11-14, 04:56 PM   #34
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You did a great job,that frame looks amazing !
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Old 10-07-14, 01:28 PM   #35
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Totally forgot about this thread, and haven't been on the boards lately. Sorry if I didn't reply to anyone earlier.

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The bike had more character and individuality with the madison paint scheme...
My first thought seeing that stripped to chrome madison was chrome pista with lugged fork...
To each their own. I prefer simple looking stuff, and that Madison scheme was not my cup of tea.

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For all the work involved, why not just go with a Reynolds 925 stainless steel frame?

The look of bare steel.
One word: price. This frame set cost me something like $80. The cheapest stainless frames I've considered have all been north of $1500. Don't get me wrong... my dream bike would involve a stainless frame, but I can't justify that cash when I could use it to buy other bikes to enjoy. Btw, never heard of 925. I've seen 921, 931 and 953...

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Simply amazing, would have never believed it if I had not seen it. Chrome under paint, that is NUTS!!
I know, whacky right? I wonder what the Schwinn folks were thinking with this one. Glad they did though. It was a fun project.

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You did a great job,that frame looks amazing !
Thanks man. There's just something about chrome...
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Old 10-07-14, 03:49 PM   #36
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Resurrecting a zombie. I'm fixing up a black chrome schwinn high sierra as a commuter for my son. The black has discolored in places, flaked or scratched off in others. My understanding of this "color" is that it is simply a thin black coat over chrome. I looked this post up because I'm assuming I can strip the paint and be left with a chrome frame. Anyone know whether that's the case? And I don't think I would clear coat. I recovered a very tough looking schwinn cimarron chrome fork with 15 minutes of polishing with aluminum foil. Looks brand new. I would do the same with the entire frame and then probably use an automotive spray wax.
I've got one of these and I read that the reason that that particular black chrome was only used for one or two years was because its application process especially toxic. I would advise to do just as I do and err on the side of caution and just enjoy it's natural flakey beauty as it litters potentially toxic black snow at every bike rack and tree that it's rested against and all along the paths your son rides.
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Old 10-07-14, 04:00 PM   #37
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I've got one of these and I read that the reason that that particular black chrome was only used for one or two years was because its application process especially toxic.
How is black paint more toxic than other colors?
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Old 10-07-14, 04:15 PM   #38
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So who else clicked on this thread to see who brought it back to life?!
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Old 10-07-14, 04:15 PM   #39
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What I read was written on a geocities-era site by someone who claimed to have been working in the manufacturing end with schwinn in the late 80's and he said that it was definitely not paint, but a creative alloy cook of chrome plated over a regular, more durable plating of chrome. (Hobbles out to garage with knife to peel off a flake to check for translucency. ..)

Yeah, it does seem paint-ish. Seems like a strange thing for someone to lie on the 90's internet about. Wear a mask.

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Old 10-07-14, 04:28 PM   #40
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I think he's referring to black chroming vs standard chroming

In any case, chroming is just nasty all the way around -- uses all sorts of acids and nasty crap.

Painting on the other hand is quite non-toxic these days i think -- I know lots of car manufacturers are switching to water based automotive paint vs. oil based paints.

oh and clearing chrome is stupid.

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