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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:31 am 
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cheers spokesmann, can anyone age the bike from the frame number?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:33 am 
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I'd definitely see how that responds to t-cut and polish - maybe replacement decals? So much of the original paint is still there, it may well lookspot on without a respray


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:56 am 
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Goldie wrote:
I'd definitely see how that responds to t-cut and polish - maybe replacement decals? So much of the original paint is still there, it may well lookspot on without a respray


I think you may be right. I might see if I can have a go at it today.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:59 pm 
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You might get some assistance here -

http://raleighbikesforum.com/

The address has recently changed but this is the new one.

Looks an interesting - and challenging - restoration. I like the lugs, quite fancy.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:30 am 
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I would not paint that, it's too beautiful as it is.

I cleaned up my heavily patina'd RSW-16 with an oily rag and WD40, which gave it a nice vintage sheen and protected the paint from the damp. I then cleaned it up and used car wax to shine it up, but I ended up with whit wax marks all over it, which I had to clean off with the oily rag and WD40.

T-cut the chrome but the frame has to stay as it is in my opinion. Just protect it with a bit of oil and it'll be as cool as polar bear paws.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:10 pm 
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Jonny69 wrote:
I would not paint that, it's too beautiful as it is.

I cleaned up my heavily patina'd RSW-16 with an oily rag and WD40, which gave it a nice vintage sheen and protected the paint from the damp. I then cleaned it up and used car wax to shine it up, but I ended up with whit wax marks all over it, which I had to clean off with the oily rag and WD40.

T-cut the chrome but the frame has to stay as it is in my opinion. Just protect it with a bit of oil and it'll be as cool as polar bear paws.


Jonny I think you may be right and the more I think about it and after having a good look at it over the weekend spraying it will take away the character it has. I think it needs new wheels as the existing are shot and I want to put it back as a deraillieur system as it was changed to a 4 speed sturmey archer hub. Have you any comments on the equipment that should go on it? I would like it to be period but parts may be difficult to obtain? And expensive?


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