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How to save a raw frame from getting rusty

Old 09-29-18, 03:49 PM
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How to save a raw frame from getting rusty

Is there a way not to get rust when removing paint from a bike (making a raw finish) some kind of clear coat or anything like that?
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Old 09-29-18, 04:04 PM
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Even clear coat applied immediately after media blasting will rust. Maybe not right away, but it will happen (so will paint, for that matter, if some kind of rust-converting primer is not used).

The old saying applies here: Rust never sleeps.
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Old 09-29-18, 04:25 PM
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keep it in a vacuum or inert gas tank.
move to a low-humidity climate.
or paint it.
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As a temporary measure? Hair spray.
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I've had some success with applying a thin coat of frame saver on the outside of the frame that I built for a friend. I sprayed the frame saver on a rag and wiped down the frame with it. The bike is kept indoors and not ridden in the rain. The benefit, of the wax like frame saver, is that any rust spots that appear can be buffed out with scotch brite and a fresh coat of frame saver applied. With a clear coat, you just have to live with whatever rust occurs under the clear.
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What is the desired end result?
If you are looking to keep the raw metal appearance this; https://www.kbs-coatings.com/DiamondFinish-Clear.html works great.
I have applied it to bead blasted under hood aluminum bits on one of my vehicles. Four seasons later, all still look like they were just done.
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Spray the bare steel with a product called Rust Cure. You can paint over it after it has dried.

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Old 09-30-18, 12:14 PM
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Just saw a recent post where the guy built a old cruiser frame and left it bare and used boiled linseed oil to keep it from rusting. Roger
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Originally Posted by rhenning View Post
Just saw a recent post where the guy built a old cruiser frame and left it bare and used boiled linseed oil to keep it from rusting. Roger
That could be interesting.
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You don't give your location. If you're in Austin, TX, avoiding rust will be difficult. Phoenix, it might be easier.

You could media blast your finish, then polish it to the desired sheen, then clear powdercoat it. But getting powdercoat off again is really difficult, so beware.

One forum member did a powedercoat on his Schwinn PDG Paramount. Showed off the lugwork nicely.
Paramount PDG Clearcoat Project
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My last personal build, I was oh-so close to clearing it once I stripped it, I gave in and painted it. Now I am back on the fence about the clear, maybe a tinted clear...hmm.
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