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    Rust? Should I even bother?

    So, I rubbed a big chunk of paint off my frame with my lockup chian and it's now rusty. Is this even really something to be concerned over or will the surface rust stop any more rust from happening? It's just going to get chipped again if I paint it again.

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    If you do not want to repaint the area, shine it off with a fine grit and wax it heavily. The ideal would be to sand it and blend in some primer/paint then wax it. The wax allows the rubbing to slide without as much abrasion as well as it doesn't chip off.
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    With a thin tubeset you might worry about it rusting through but its highly unlikely to happen with tubing as thick as you find in a surly frame. I think the surface rust sort of forms a protective coating. There is a technical term for it that my brother (who works for a specialty steel company as a metallurgist) told me but I forget what it is. The only reason to paint over it is if you're concerned about appearance or resale value.

    Supersedona's advice sounds good if you're worried about the chain slowly rubbing away the rust (and therefore the metal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersedona View Post
    If you do not want to repaint the area, shine it off with a fine grit and wax it heavily. The ideal would be to sand it and blend in some primer/paint then wax it. The wax allows the rubbing to slide without as much abrasion as well as it doesn't chip off.

    What kinda wax? Brooks proofide?

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    I wax my bikes with Turtle Wax. Why not?

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    Good for car paint its good for bike paint. My Sedona is Cro-mo and has made it through 20 years of weather from tropical salt air to winter commuting with no rust. Plus it makes any dirt wash off easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse
    I think the surface rust sort of forms a protective coating. There is a technical term for it that my brother (who works for a specialty steel company as a metallurgist) told me but I forget what it is.
    It works that way with aluminum and titanium but not with steel iirc.
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    Paint chips are battle scars.
    Surly even says so themselves.

    I would just put a "sock" over your chain, I put an old tube on my U-lock for this reason. My paint is beat to **** (I figure on year 3 or 4 of the bike I'll give it a new paint job...I expect it to last me beyond a decade)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatCloud View Post
    Paint chips are battle scars.
    Surly even says so themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersedona View Post
    Good for car paint its good for bike paint. My Sedona is Cro-mo and has made it through 20 years of weather from tropical salt air to winter commuting with no rust. Plus it makes any dirt wash off easier.
    This

    I wax my steel frames as well as my aluminum... makes the water/rain glide right off.

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    Can't really as it's the type the can be locked on any link. Look up pragmasis chain.

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