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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:43 pm 
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Hi all,

I am doing a small (hopefully) restoration on a bike for my wife and it currently has chrome mudguards. Due to age these are spotted with rust - it may be the case that will plenty of elbow grease i can get these in a state that i am happy with, but, should this not be the case, i have two options -
1. replace
2. repaint

I saw new guards last week for £22 in a LBS and they might fit - perhaps with some alterations as the wheels are 24''

If i decide to repaint i would prefer them to be a dull silver/alloy/aluminium finish and not the current shiny chrome. So i believe i need - time and effort (most important), then sandpaper to remove the chrome in stages, acid etch primer - 2 or 3 coats, silver paint, lacquer/clear coat/clear varnish or similar. I would plan to do the painting myself to keep costs down. Have i missed anything?

I suspect that option 2 may be more expensive than option 1 which is a bit mad but i have not priced the paint etc although i think i saw the etch primer recently for £17 in a car components supplier.

Pointers, advice and opinion welcome.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:13 am 
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Chrome spots might respond to aluminium foil or oxalate........

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:17 pm 
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The old trick with car hubcaps was to scrub them with wire wool and coca-cola - removes the rust and brings the chrome up nice and shiny, and you can polish or spray lacquer over them then if you wish...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Can you have chrome shot blasted off? If so shot blast and powder coat in complimentary colour may work out cheaper than painting them....


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:03 pm 
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My suspicion is that the guards may be too light for that type of treatment and any ructy bit might end up a hole!! I will check with a guy tomorrow.

Thanks,

Richard


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:05 pm 
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Oh it's you TGR! Get yourself an avatar my friend, not that it'll make any difference to my replies...


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:09 pm 
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'Tis me, bejesus, and i taught yee didna no me!!

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