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Old 07-04-20, 09:15 PM
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Rust and uneven surface Removal

From my own research online, I found that vinegar and Aluminum foil work well to eliminate rust. However, there were areas that weren't just rusted, but uneven from abrasion, to the extent that the aluminum foil lacked the grit, or whatever it is that contributes to the necessary friction, to wear them down. Also, how does one target pesky areas like the holes through which break cables thread (See picture below), anyone have a trick, or is just an ordeal I have to deal with? I had the thought of using a fine sand paper, is this recommended, is there a specific grit / type? If anyone has any other methods for rust removal I would appreciate hearing them, thank you!



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Old 07-04-20, 09:23 PM
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Check out the auto parts store and pick up some Locktite Naval Jelly Rust Dissolver. I keep a jar around to remove rust before prepping and touching up paint on steel frames. Works well, easy to apply where you want it, and leaves surrounding paint intact. Heavy rust may take a few applications, but it will work in those hard to reach areas.
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Thanks for your advice, may I ask how you prep and touch up paint on steel frames? I was planning on using Nail Polish, as it was recommended as a cheap, durable solution for smaller areas. Were you in my position, someone who doesn't have any specialized tools, or great knowledge, would you do the same?
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Old 07-04-20, 09:41 PM
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It might be worthwhile to strip that frame, check the welds, treat the rust, prime it, paint it and clear coat it. Too much to touch up.
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Originally Posted by MeagreAger View Post
Thanks for your advice, may I ask how you prep and touch up paint on steel frames? I was planning on using Nail Polish, as it was recommended as a cheap, durable solution for smaller areas. Were you in my position, someone who doesn't have any specialized tools, or great knowledge, would you do the same?
For smaller areas, nail polish works well and usually will get you pretty close in color if you are willing to search, or mix colors. I always follow up with a clearcoat, which seems to help blend the area a bit. If it is a very small area, a lot of times, i will just remove the rust and clear over the area, which will protect small imperfections without drawing attention to the area with new paint. Just make sure the area is clean, and free of grease, oils and lint before touching up. I usually wipe down the area with rubbing alcohol and blow off with compressed air immediately before touching up with any paint.
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Old 07-04-20, 10:06 PM
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It might be worthwhile to strip that frame, check the welds, treat the rust, prime it, paint it and clear coat it. Too much to touch up.
That was my concern, that there was too much paint from the surface stripped away. I'm im unfamiliar territory with stripping and painting and my surroundings are those of my home, not a space like a shop, nor do I have any tools that may be necessary for stripping the entirety of the frame, but would it be possible to do so without an electric sander and a paint-spray applicator?
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Old 07-04-20, 11:03 PM
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Stripping paint like that is messy and you really have to do it outside. You can buy the supplies at any home store.

The painting depends on how nice you want it to look. Auto parts stores have primer and paint in spray cans. If you are patient you can do a good job. Matte auto paint might be the easiest to do. Probably $50 bucks and two or three days if you do it yourself. Having stripped a few things myself, be generous with the stripper and leave it on a long time.

If your budget allows, send the frame to an auto body shop or bike refinisher. I doubt it worth the expense unless it is a really nice vintage frame.
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That looks like an Ironman Centurion frame?? Is it?
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Yes, exactly! It's an David Scott Iron Man Centurion. Given your experience, would you be able to recommend me a brand of paint stripper, or tell me what I should consider when buying one? What other supplies would I need to ensure the job is done well? Thanks for suggesting an alternative to an attempt at touching up an area too large to be feasible. Also would it be possible to leave it unpainted, but sealed someway after stripping the paint?
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If you're even thinking about a full repaint look into powder coating
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