Guys thanks for all your comments
Lovely frame, what are the plans for groupset?
Keeping it mostly as is, largely Campag Victory. I’ll be filling in a few gaps and be making the necessary l’Eroica conformance changes. More on that later.
Right now I’m focusing on doing the right thing for the frame. So to date I’ve applied some tcut and turtle wax polish, I also found chrome cleaner removed a lot of the surface rust on the back of the seat tube
Leave the paintwork. It looks worse around the inside of the rear chainstays with some tyre rub and on the outside of the RH chainstay. Once you get these touched up and the wheel and chainset fitted, you won't notice much about it. The look of the rest of the frame from your pic looks in good condition. Original paintwork is always best!
This is lovely as is.
I agree with the above that original paintwork with a few battlescars is nicer than a respray, shows its used
The result of cleaning it up, has me in agreement with the above, thanks guys.
I contacted Dave Yates recently quoting the frame number, hoping they’d confirm year of build, and also asking for advice on tidying up the paint. I’d really hoped they’d give me a clue on the colours, however no joy.
Their advice was “You should remove the rust with abrasive paper and then paint with Humbrol (or similar) available from model shops”
So the suggested enamel / model paint approach looks to be the way ahead. I was pleasantly surprised at how decent the cleaned frame looks
. Matching the paint will be a big issue for me as colours are not a strong point, so Mrs Mac will need to get involved here.
Breaking the issues down there’s
1. Light scratches
3. Narrow lines of rust veins (for want of a better phrase)
4. Rubs (wheel and cable)
5. Chain rash & chain stuck
6. A network of rust on the seat tube
7. A couple of rust bubblesPaint Work Issues
, on Flickr
So with regards to the light scratches, small chips and paint/rust veins (under the paint) go, I tend to think they’re best left are. I’m afraid of applying too many touch ups fearing this would look worse/be more visible.
To tackle the chain stuck, rash and rubs I’m going to touch up. The questions are,
1. Should I treat the bare metal in any way, Qrust or similar product.
2. Should I prime.
3. Appropriate grade of abrasive paper.
Some time ago when I was enjoying jCymbals excellent Gazelle Champion Mondial thread, there was discussion of several coats…. Actually here goes
Removed the rust with 1000 sand paper.
Didn't use any product to treat the rust.
Didn't prime the paint.
Used two yellows, one ocre and white enamel to get the right shade of paint.
Waited two days and leveled/sanded/polished the paint with 4000, 6000 and 8000 micro mesh sanding sheets.
Repeat the paint and level steps until satisfied with result and done.
I guess there’s no real need for rust product is the metal is well cleaned with abrasive paper.
One area for pondering is the network of light rust on the white section of the seat tube. What to do, would a light grade of paper remove the rusty look, I'd like to avoid boxing off and painting a rectangle