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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:38 pm 
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I posted a pic of this Raleigh Arena I found in a hedge a while ago. The general opinion on here was to dump it back in that hedge. But no, sod you all I thought, i'm gonna restore this old girl to her former glory.

And so after spending a few hours with a can of Nitromors and a roll of steel wool and a Black & Decker Mouse she was stripped naked. Now I understood the saying "you can't polish a turd"

I put her back together with a few new bits and gave the bare steel frame a once over with some autosol and i'm rather happy with her.

She's never going to win BOTM but i'm glad I rescued her.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:46 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:10 pm 
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Looking better, no chance of getting the decals and graphics then?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:16 pm 
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not yet, i did enquire with gil_m but he was busy till november


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:42 pm 
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Looks well worth the effort - good job!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:50 pm 
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Good on you...............
Cycling would be dead boring, if we all rode Colnago's... :lol:
Nice job, by the way.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:56 pm 
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Resto Effort of the Month for sure


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:07 pm 
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Is it coated at all to stop the steel corroding?

Great work tho, good skills & patience!! 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:01 pm 
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no special coating, just a lot of autosol. Thanks for the replies guys, very encouraging :D


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