Rebuilding An Old Schwinn
So I wanted to know what's evolved in rebuilding and old Schwinn Varsity bike. Yeah I know it's a road bike, sorry. I was curious what others have used to take rust of of the parts and frame. Keep in mind I was looking for the best way to do this in a place where I can't use to many hard chemicals.
Well, it kinda depends on what you are removing rust from. I find that if the frame is in need of a repaint the best option is to find someone who can sand blast it. That way all the rust and paint is removed without chemicals but it costs a bit. It does prep the frame well for primer though and if you are lucky you can get a paint shop or a powder coat shop to blast it and coat it at once cheaply. Parts are a different animal. Oxcalic acid (wood bleach) takes rust off of chrome quite well. White vinegar will de-gunk and get rust off old parts and chains very well. Just soak it a while and scrub with a brass wire brush for old cassettes. Beyond that if you truly want to avoid chemical strippers and gas masks you are stuck with steel wool, sandpaper, scotch brite pads, flap wheels and angle grinders, dremels with sanding wheels. Trust me I did a Schwinn cruiser that was rusted and I stripped it myself. If cost me more in materials (sandpaper etc.) than it would have cost to have it blasted. I have a company local to me that charges $40 bucks to blast a frame. Totally worth it. Jeez, that was long winded. Sorry I am a little drunk. Where is my welding torch?
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Edit: Truly, there are lots of jobs that can be done without harsh chemicals. I have a giant lemon tree in my yard. I use lemon juice as a degreaser. It works like a charm and smells great. There is no way I could eat all those lemons.
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Simple Green worth looking into? Never thought about white vinegar, I will try that. The frame is in great shape, the components have a bit of rust.
I'm quite sure Simple Green will not work as a rust remover. Grease, yes.
Though I have no experience, I'd recommend Oxalic acid or Naval Jelly, as they both seem to come up a lot in discussions around rusty part renewal.....
Steel wool with some light oil to keep the dust down and reduce scuffing works well too.
I would recommend stainless steel wool. Works like a champ on everything and chrome without the scratching of steel wool. Available at Wall Mart. Also an old product called Mr. Clean if you can find it...spray it on, wash.
Too many bikes, and just enough time to ride them.
I have some SOS pads here wonder if that would work as good as stainless steel wool.