Taking Schwinn out of mothballs.


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ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
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San Diego
#26
Now the problem becomes what to do to keep stuff from rusting again. I can see why some folks clear the parts but I'm not going to do that. car wax may protect some parts but that seat and chain guard I'll have to coat with some type of preservative and wipe it down frequently. I used to used a product called Break-Free or CLP to keep my helicopter from corroding out from under me in the Navy. Not the intended use but it worked well and stayed put. I may have to get another chain guard for everyday use.
 

mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
721
1,623
Auburn, California
#27
nice work ski! better living through chemistry! in the last 30 years the chemicals available for the restorer are fantastic-save time and preserve the parts better. 30 years ago all we had was Jasco paint remover and sandpaper! and when you got fed up-you sandblasted the parts. your hard work is paying off-so far so good. can't wait to see what you can do with the painted parts!
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
62
San Diego
#29
I forgot about this stuff. My brother turned me on to this product a couple years ago. I use it for protecting the underside of cars and other corrosion prone areas on anything metal. I think it will be better than Break- Free and it is just as easily removable. I'm going to rub it on the underside of the seat and see how it goes.

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mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
721
1,623
Auburn, California
#30
my favorite rust remover is muratic acid-pool stuff-very nasty-cleans rust away in minutes-then neutralize with soap-rinse. but have to use caution when using-vapors are strong-burns the skin. still haven't figured what to use on surface rusty painted stuff without destroying the paint. the oxy bath supposedly does just that. hummmmm…...
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
62
San Diego
#31
I think it will be good for the seat. It won't require wiping down or reapplying as frequently as the less viscous break-free. I put it on a corner of the seat just to see how it looked. Found the original padding for the seat too.

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mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
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1,623
Auburn, California
#32
that area looks better-probably adds a little 'moisture' to dry/cleaned paint. seat pad looks very 'organic'!
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
62
San Diego
#33
my favorite rust remover is muratic acid-pool stuff-very nasty-cleans rust away in minutes-then neutralize with soap-rinse. but have to use caution when using-vapors are strong-burns the skin. still haven't figured what to use on surface rusty painted stuff without destroying the paint. the oxy bath supposedly does just that. hummmmm…...
Some of the readings I've done state that phosphoric acid unlike muriatic acid which is basically industrial grade hydrochloric acid does not mitigate rust by a corrosive process that continues after the rust is gone. Instead it contains whatever traces of rust are still there. It must be protected by some type of overcoat or it will eventually wash away and the natural oxidation process will continue. With the muriatic the corrosion and etching process continues and it is tough to get all traces off the part. This is just a laymen,s understanding of a bunch of google searches and may not be entirely correct.
 

ski1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Sep 24, 2018
31
63
62
San Diego
#35
my favorite rust remover is muratic acid-pool stuff-very nasty-cleans rust away in minutes-then neutralize with soap-rinse. but have to use caution when using-vapors are strong-burns the skin. still haven't figured what to use on surface rusty painted stuff without destroying the paint. the oxy bath supposedly does just that. hummmmm…...
That black paint on the seat has been soaked for over 10 hours with no real degradation. I'm not ready to stick the frame in a bath though until I test it on something else. The mixture I used was pretty weak.
 

mr.cycleplane

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Sep 9, 2017
721
1,623
Auburn, California
#36
I am kinda waiting to see what you can do with painted stuff. mine has the surface rust on the painted areas and I am living with it for now.
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
5,428
2,078
Hollister CA
#39
Glad to see this bike getting this kind of attention. When they are not to far gone...aged refurbished bikes in my opinion have more character than an over restored too shinny trailer queen with the fear being that itll get scratched....no worries for the original paint bikes...knicks scuffs general wear tell a good story....mostly that they were loved!!
 

Bryan Akens

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Nov 21, 2016
17
6
55
Columbus Ohio
#40
Like your bike......I have personally never seen one of those kickstands!!! I noticed that your bike has the Morrow brake with a standard chain......Thats not something you see everyday!!! Good Luck on your project........
 

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