Got a pile of similar pics of my '96 Zaskar when I dug it out of the garage.
So happy that it's looking good again though.
Personally I'd agree with Tc, go for Autosol (Brasso is also good - although the new stuff stinks the house out... not that I polish it in the house of course
) and some nice rags. If you never abused it you won't need the whole spend six months sanding business. I did find that a fine grade of wire wool + brasso was quite effective, but start with rags.
I'd also suggest starting with the polishing - gave me the jump start I needed to get it done. Until that point I'd forgotton just what a lovely bike it is.
One thing to watch out for if you decide to switch forks is axle to crown height. I've seen Zaskars with Rebas and Recons and things on but those in the know say that anything too high can play havoc with the way the bike handles and potentially damaged the head tube. I wouldn't have felt comfortable with anything much heigher than the RC36 on mine.
Anyway - polish, stare and dribble at a bit (like you did when you first bought it) and build it up in a way that does it for you. That's my advice.
50's Phillips Trike (child's) || 94 Saracan MaxTrax
|| 96 GT Zaskar LE
|| 98 Diamond Back Viper Pro BMX
Wanted: lots of things. But my money has all gone... for now...