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Old 01-04-09, 06:38 PM
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That Varsity will clean up and look great. The rust doesn't look all the deep even on the rims.
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Old 01-04-09, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
What type of rubbing compound? Stuff such as 3M's Microfinishing Compound?

-Kurt
Actually should have clarified, I have not used rubbing compounds on my bikes as of yet. Yet my experience has been with some automotive finishes and DuPont products.

A father of a gal my son dated, is or was the Dupont rep for the local GM plant, reviewed my problem after application to a 75 Nova (deep green) and helped to make arrangements for a repaint at local body shop for labor cost only, he provide the paint. (about 15 years ago).

Indicated his product was not compatible with the finish on my car, also a DuPont product. Never learned anymore about the why, only have been cautious since.

I have been lucky with my bike frames (I guess) and have had good results since with (lately) Scratch X and other retail offerings plus firm hand application and polishing.

Even though my father was a painter, I was not exposed to the finer qualities of finish applications. I was used for the prep work and for clean up detail, told a talent in its own right.
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Old 01-05-09, 07:59 PM
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Thanks all for the additional info. My wife caught sight of the rusty Varsity photo, and said "Ugh! that's not YOUR bike, is it??" I said it was -- she thinks it's my original bike, I think -- and then I scrolled to the clean restored one and showed her that. She responded that I'm spending too much time posting pictures and not enough time cleaning up bikes to sell them. So I'm off!
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Old 01-10-09, 12:17 AM
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I have begun cleaning the front wheel with Barkeeper's Friend, and you all are correct, it is indeed taking the rust off the chrome. I didn't have any luck finding oxalic acid last time I shopped, so I'm having to do this the slow way, by hand or by brass brush. Pictures when I'm finished.
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I had a hard time finding oxalic acid too. I found oxalic acid at Sherwin Williams (paint store) and Ace True Value hardware stores. I would imagine you could find it in Detroit, somewhere?

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Old 01-10-09, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
I had a hard time finding oxalic acid too. I found oxalic acid at Sherwin Williams (paint store) and Ace True Value hardware stores. I would imagine you could find it in Detroit, somewhere?

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Lowes and Home Depot carry it. Just go in and ask for 'Wood bleach for a deck'.

Maybe it would be out of stock now, as you would have to snow blow the foot of snow off the deck first.
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Old 01-10-09, 02:12 PM
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Mmm, yes. I'll admit I didn't try everywhere for the oxalic acid. Home Depot near me did carry a wood deck cleaner, but I wasn't certain I wanted it, since it was "specially formulated for wood decks". I think I just want the unadulterated oxalic acid, in the form of a white powder. The local hardware store where I bought the Barkeeper's Friend thought they had oxalic acid, but couldn't find it on the shelves. Sold out. I'll look again next time I go out that way. Thanks for the tips!
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Old 01-25-09, 03:33 AM
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Anyone who collects bikes needs atleast 1 varsity or continental in their group if for nothing else to tell the schwinn factory story. You can have a $20,000 handmade by monks roadbike, but there never will be another true chicago schwinn.Anyone preserving one is saving a small piece of American history. They are the model T of bicycles. Tons were made but fewer survive every year.So my hats off to anyone fixing one back up.Besides they make great shop talk on sat. nite! Also my continental looks cool next to my supersport,another great schwinn story.

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Old 01-25-09, 09:20 AM
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I did find oxalic acid at an locally famous old family-owned store called Duke's Hardware. It's working well taking the rust off the chrome of my Varsity.

I managed to let this Super Sport get away a couple of weeks ago -- it sold for only $78.95. If only I'd paid attention.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=310112743993

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I picked up a blue Varsity at Goodwill last week for $16.10 (ah sales tax). Paint and chrome are good. I will post a picture after the clean up and see what it sells for come spring.
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Old 01-25-09, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidW56 View Post
I managed to let this Super Sport get away a couple of weeks ago -- it sold for only $78.95. If only I'd paid attention.
I surprised as well that sold for less than $100, yet w/shipping it was a almost $140, not bad for eBay sale of this model. I think this was a 22" frame. 26" and 24" frames seem to draw more attention the past several months.

I will guess it is a sign of the times, more than the weather at present.

How is your campus green cleaning up?
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Old 01-26-09, 11:32 PM
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The wheels of the campus green Varsity have been cleaned up. With the surface rust removed, there are revealed several spots along the rims that won't clean further with the acid. I'm thinking the chrome is pitted through. Photos later.

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Old 01-29-09, 04:06 PM
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. The varsity is a cool icon bike. I once bought one, a 72 ladies, in mint condition at an auction for $4. The strangest part was the bike next to it a, beatup bottom of the line murry went for $6. I took it home stored it for 4 months, then traded it even up for a puch AD pacifica with a bent front wheel. My LBS straightened the rim for $18 but somedays I think I'd like that ole varsity back. but then again..........................
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