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rust on a 1970ish Raleigh DL-1

Old 07-23-11, 01:54 PM
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rust on a 1970ish Raleigh DL-1

So, a neighbor has given me a lovely ladies' DL-1 to clean up. It's basically very solid but it's been sitting outside for a long time and has some pretty serious rust on the chrome and the the front fender and the rims. I've cleaned up a lot of rust in my time, but this bike is younger than my others--there's no date on the hub, but from the decals I'm guessing it's c. 1970--and the chrome just seems thinner than on my other bikes--lots of flaking and pitting on the rims, stem and handlebars. I'm not ready to commit to oxalic acid or anything too extensive at this point, but any tips of cleaning this up? So far using bronze wool and BikeLust and trying to be gentle, but I've just never seen chrome blistered like this. And any ideas on the painted bits? It really might end up being a candidate for a total repaint just because of the fenders--the paint and decals on the frame are great.
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Oxalic acid is your friend. It is mild and just strong enough to break the rust bond which is weak. It may be that chrome is shot but no harm in giving oxalic acid a try. Oxalic acid won't harm paint or decals, if not left in for too long a time, days. It will react with zinc so it is problematic to use on fenders with spokes.
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