I bought an old frame several months ago and decided to try and revive it. I've never done anything like this before. I've read hundreds of threads on here on how to remove paint, remove rust, restore chrome, paint and finish a frame. But I still screwed up several things along the way. Thought I'd share what I learned.
The frame is an old Italvega from early 70s. It started out with some surface rust on the chrome bits, and some much deeper, pitted rust on the top and down tubes. The bike had at least two layers of old paint that was peeling and bubbling up from the rust.