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Need some tips for cleaning Schwinn original paint

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1937Zenith

Finally riding a big boys bike
So I have recently acquired a 1965 stingray super deluxe that is all original and am in the process of cleaning everything. The entire bike was disassembled and all chrome has been cleaned, tires cleaned, seat cleaned etc. I have been waiting on the paint because I don’t want to screw it up. Any tips on best way to approach it? There are some rust spots so does anyone have a tip on getting rid of them without doing too much damage to the paint? Last the chain guard which I know will have to be handled with the most care but obviously don’t want to leave it as is…..assuming I should use steel or bronze wool and wd-40 but obviously carefully staying away from the lettering and then q-tips for the paint in between lettering? Any suggestions on how I can get this thing shining again would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to anyone In advanced that can help! Also another shout out to 60sstuff who has already helped me greatly with all the other parts and many cleaning tips so far! Also before everyone bites my head off the slight swipe mark on the “ray” was already there when I got the bike! I know better… learned the hard way with a different bike lol

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This is the most fun part part!....I love making these baby's shine again....I spray everything down with degreaser and use a toothbrush, then wash everything in hot soapy water, hose it down and let it dry. I use 0000 steel wool with wd40 or motor oil if you hate the smell..do the rims and all chrome gently with the steel wool and lots of lube and you won't scratch anything, this one is going to shine up like a new penny!
 
This is the most fun part part!....I love making these baby's shine again....I spray everything down with degreaser and use a toothbrush, then wash everything in hot soapy water, hose it down and let it dry. I use 0000 steel wool with wd40 or motor oil if you hate the smell..do the rims and all chrome gently with the steel wool and lots of lube and you won't scratch anything, this one is going to shine up like a new penny!
Appreciate the tips…. It is definitely fun doing the cleanup and can’t wait to start putting it back together! The chrome is already done and cleaned up very well. My main focus now is the paint. I ordered some products a fellow caber has suggested and once it arrives I’m going to clean the frame and chain guard. Mainly just wondering about the little rust spots coming through the paint and if there is a trick to removing without too much damage. Just don’t want it to spread
 
Appreciate the tips…. It is definitely fun doing the cleanup and can’t wait to start putting it back together! The chrome is already done and cleaned up very well. My main focus now is the paint. I ordered some products a fellow caber has suggested and once it arrives I’m going to clean the frame and chain guard. Mainly just wondering about the little rust spots coming through the paint and if there is a trick to removing without too much damage. Just don’t want it to spread
Not much can be done other then wd and steel wool ever so gently as I was informed let the wd do the work not the steel wool. You can pick at it with a plastic putty knife and see if the larger chunks will come off. As far as it spreading further as long as it is waxed and kept dry it should not be an issue. If you are in a high humidity area maybe keep the bike indoors, it took 50+ years and some neglect to get to this point I'm guessing the neglect will no longer be an issue. Time is out of our control.
 
Not much can be done other then wd and steel wool ever so gently as I was informed let the wd do the work not the steel wool. You can pick at it with a plastic putty knife and see if the larger chunks will come off. As far as it spreading further as long as it is waxed and kept dry it should not be an issue. If you are in a high humidity area maybe keep the bike indoors, it took 50+ years and some neglect to get to this point I'm guessing the neglect will no longer be an issue. Time is out of our control.
Really appreciate it I will give it a shot. This bike definitely will not be neglected any further. I am very happy to have it and as weird as it sounds I love that it wasn’t touched yet. The cleaning process is part of the reward of owning it in my opinion. Don’t give up though man you never know….this bike popped up on offer up out of nowhere and the guy selling it had found it at an estate sale. Always nice to know there are still some out there to be discovered
 
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