'59 White Corvette, A Gentle Restoration


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GTs58

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#21
Here is a red Schwinn Fairlady frame. Built on Feb 6, 1959. Would this be a suitable test subject?

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EDIT: forgot the link!!
Nope. Not like the white Corvette and Fair Lady decals. Here's what I would do it that were mine, but I'm crazy. I'd carefully clean the decals and the paint directly around the decals and then put a piss coat of clear lacquer over them. Then soak the frame.
 

partsguy

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Nope. Not like the white Corvette and Fair Lady decals. Here's what I would do it that were mine, but I'm crazy. I'd carefully clean the decals and the paint directly around the decals and then put a piss coat of clear lacquer over them. Then soak the frame.
I know the decals look different, but I am hoping the material might be the same?
 

GTs58

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#23
I know the decals look different, but I am hoping the material might be the same?
It appears that the gold fades out and the red is fairly stable on these decals, so I'd assume they are not quite the same as the solid white decals.
 

island schwinn

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It appears that the gold fades out and the red is fairly stable on these decals, so I'd assume they are not quite the same as the solid white decals.
Exactly,as mentioned before,I have a feeling the gold is actually screened over the red decal,making it as fragile as stingray guard screening..
 
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partsguy

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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
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#27
Those decals are the same but different. ;) Doing an OA test on the just the red version would not be an accurate test since the gold was probably overlaid on the red.

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Rides4Fun

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Partsguy, I’m really enjoying your threads! Learning a lot about taking time and using patience with regard to projects...whether it be a Radio Bike or the white ‘59 Corvette.

Thanks for posting your experiences,

Barry
 
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partsguy

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A Schwinn buddy of mine came over and gave me a tip for my gaurd. To fix the rust on the backside, soak some paper towels with Evaporust, and place them on the backside, with some on top. Check periodically. This will not harm the paint on the front. :sunglasses:
 
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schwinnbikebobb

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Funny you mention that. Just yesterday did a Evaporust Gel test on a chainguard. The gel was pretty thick so it stuck well. I used a foam brush to move it around. You only leave it on for a couple of hours. I did 2 applications on this. This one was bad on the back but pretty good paint so a good test. Not going to make it perfect but it looks a lot better to me. See what you think.

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partsguy

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Funny you mention that. Just yesterday did a Evaporust Gel test on a chainguard. The gel was pretty thick so it stuck well. I used a foam brush to move it around. You only leave it on for a couple of hours. I did 2 applications on this. This one was bad on the back but pretty good paint so a good test. Not going to make it perfect but it looks a lot better to me. See what you think.

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That is a FANTASTIC result! I will definitely have to do that with the guard. I will put on a good coat of matte clear on the back to seal it from rusting again.

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spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
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#32
evapo rust is one of the great thing to recently come around,things that were struggled with for years are now fairly ez
 

Freqman1

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I hate to spray anything permanent on an original bike. A light coat of machine oil or Johnson's paste wax is a better alternative and if it stays inside you should never have to worry about rust again. V/r Shawn
 

partsguy

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I hate to spray anything permanent on an original bike. A light coat of machine oil or Johnson's paste wax is a better alternative and if it stays inside you should never have to worry about rust again. V/r Shawn
Thing is, I plan to ride this finely-aged beauty. It will be stored inside, but taken out. Only reason I am clearing the back of the guard, is there will be no chrome left once that rust is gone. Bare metal can rust with just moisture. Also, the clear coat will not be visible once assembled.

I will likely use the wax on the bare spots of the frame though.
 
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