OA Bath or WD and Wool


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Brian

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I’d like to get some opinions on cleaning this bike up. Should I do an OA bath or do you all think WD and 0000 steel wool? The green on top of rear rack is very thin from being weathered. Don’t want to rub too much on that. Your thoughts are appreciated! Thanks!
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Rollo

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... Your bike would look remarkable after an OA bath! ... IMO ...
 
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Rivnut

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Take alook at some previous threads where bikes have been brought back to life with an OA bath. 0000 steel wool on chrome is fine but it will scuff paint. Others have used boiled linseed oil to rejuvenate paint. Search the archives for other similar threads.
 
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mrg

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I don't see much rust on that paint so think OA is way to much, 0000 and oil on the worst spots but mostly rubbing compound then buff & wax. with good lubrication 0000 wool will take off oxidation & lite rust and not harm paint if you don't go "Egor" on it. the last one I did with 0000 & linseed oil came out great but stunk for a couple of days. Some of the chrome may need a little more work tho!
 
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Rivnut

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#11
Try using an aluminum foil pad with Turtle Wax chrome polish and wax remover on the paint.
 
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DonChristie

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I will cast my vote to use xxxx steel wool and wd40, clean then wax. I have seen some amazing results using OA bath but i never get the same results myself. As @mrg suggested, rub lightly on pins and the accent color. I would just clean it first with a light cleaner and see how it looks. Nice bike!
 

Hammerhead

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Clean with soap and water,then buffing compound (easy around the pins),then a good wax. Is my vote. Maybe 0000 and wd on the chrome bits. Just take your time with whatever you decide.
Hammerhead
 
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Brian

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I don't see much rust on that paint so think OA is way to much, 0000 and oil on the worst spots but mostly rubbing compound then buff & wax. with good lubrication 0000 wool wiil take off oxidation & lite rust and not harm paint if you don't go "Egor" on it. the last one I did with 0000 & linseed oil came out great but stunk for a couple of days. Some of the chrome may need a little more work tho!
Good advise,,..appreciated!
 

Rivnut

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As far as “aluminum foil pad” what exactly are you referring to?
Tear off a sheet and keep folding it until you have a "pad" about two inches square. Rub, turn, refold, rub, turn, rub. Repeat. It's just easier to handle.
 
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Brian

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Tear off a sheet and keep folding it until you have a "pad" about two inches square. Rub, turn, refold, rub, turn, rub. Repeat. It's just easier to handle.
Ok I understand now,..thanks
 

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