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Old 09-16-08, 01:59 PM   #1
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Dealing with Rust!

I just finished sanding my bike down with the intention to repaint it. The issue is, I love the naked metal so much that I don't want to cover it up again. Are there any options here? I purchased a can transparent acrylic proctectant, but was told the the UV light alone was problematic. Am i barking up the wrong tree? Am I condemning my bike to irreperable rust damage? or is there some way to do this...

Thankyou for any help or experience you can offer.
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Old 09-16-08, 02:33 PM   #2
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you can buy a uv protective clear coat from your local automotive paint store or you should be able to if you cant then you can add a slight clear tint to the clear coat to protect it and the big thing is to seal the metal so no air gets to it
no air no rust they use clear lacquer on metal to protect it but it will chip and you will have to keep some around to protect it if you chip it
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i, too, love naked metal---if you were to add any clear paint it would change the mood. let it rust-- brother, let it rust..... you've made my day......( just don't chew your nails when you give it a wipe).
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UV light won't harm any metal so the clear coat is all you need.
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Almost all clear coatings will make the metal look more of a dull grey. The ones that don't do this are few and far between. If you want to keep the naked metal look it may take a few tries to get it right.

Take the frame into an auto body place and ask them to just put a spot of the clear coat they use onto a section of a frame tube that'll be easy to re-sand after. See how it affects the metal look. If it's good then you're lucky and can just have them clear it for you. If it goes dull and grey then the hunt will be on for a clear that won't alter the surface effect.
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Almost all clear coatings will make the metal look more of a dull grey. The ones that don't do this are few and far between. If you want to keep the naked metal look it may take a few tries to get it right.

Take the frame into an auto body place and ask them to just put a spot of the clear coat they use onto a section of a frame tube that'll be easy to re-sand after. See how it affects the metal look. If it's good then you're lucky and can just have them clear it for you. If it goes dull and grey then the hunt will be on for a clear that won't alter the surface effect.
I believe the OP already has a rattle-can of clear lacquer so spot testing should be easy. As you noted, the finish may look quite different when clear coated than the bare metal does.
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