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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:01 pm 
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dannyc77 wrote:
Thanks so much for the info guys - think it might be a tad small for me but Im going to have a go at restoring it anyway. Do you think the wheels will come up OK I know I need new tyres? If it looks half as good as the one in the above photo I'll be happy!

Personally I d be looking at a new set, the old steel Rigidas once badly pitted are really not worth the effort. A good set of alloy 27-1/4" set would be preferable.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:03 am 
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All the chrome work can be stripped off and soaked in a mix of oxalic acid for 12-24 hours ... 20b219307d

I second that. There was a thread about removing rust from chromed parts where the oxalic acid was mention, I tried it myself and it does wonders.

Regarding rims I have a similar set of chromed steel Rigida that I cleaned using kitchen aluminium foil and water, but it took a lot of time and effort. You can check the photos here: ... directlink Maybe you can try it: take a piece of aluminium foil and make a ball of it, wet it in water and rub the rims. Or if you have a container big enough, you can try oxalic acid method.
I ended buying aluminium Weinmann rims anyway, but I used these Rigidas for a year on a daily basis.

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