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Old 07-10-14, 02:06 PM   #1
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1979 Puch Vent Noir II - restoring chrome

Hi all, first post here, somewhat long time lurker.
I've recently acuired a PUCH Vent Noir II Frame that i love but it came with problems such as missing fork (substituted by BLB) and a very iffy condition - alltho not rusted it has a lot of pit stains, and chews through the chrome on the downtube and under the top tube - the rest seems mostly fine but they are so many i'm considering having it refurbished somehow - maybe after that i can work on getting vintage parts as it now has a mishmash of components on it.

I will try and get better pictures of the "Damage" - the frame handles and behaves flawlessly and there is from what i can tell no rust - i think it would be a shame to just paint it black (as the original vent noir) or any other colour then chrome/smoked chrome.... i would love to have some info on the chrome job it had (hard or decorative?) so i can try and maybe figure out a way to restore it. Shops around here only do decorative chrome so i would have to look towards austria / hungary for a solution if so...

any advice would be appreciated -

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A fellow owner of one of these bikes says the chrome is very hard, that the hardness compared to standard chrome was a selling point.

Be VERY careful in choosing a rechroming shop, the process is very corrosive and if not done properly will expose the Reynolds 531 tubing on your frame to internal (thus VERY dangerous) rust. Good luck!
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Were it me, I'd treat the rust and ride it. Chrome refinishing is very difficult to get right.
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thanks for the replies

i've been reading more and will leave it as is and will have to decide between waxing it every 3-6 months (will strip some of the on top decals as the "gold sprinkle" is so old it peels by itself sometimes - i feel bad for the puch writing but since its peeling - it will undermine the coating)

another option suggested by someone was to clean it really well and powder/clear coat the whole thing to stop moisture from getting in from the outside...
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54cm Vent Noir
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***Classic/Vintage Austro Daimler Vent Noir II

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