OK cool, I look forward to hearing how you get on.
I took a wire brush to mine about a year ago and tried to clearkote it but it just rubbed off and the rust has come back with a vengence....
My nexp plan of attack is to use Dinitrol rust treatment, I'll let you know how that goes.
The purpose of the nickel plating is to prevent rust, should only rust if the nickel has worn through and the rust will then be attacking bare steel.
I won't be having a lacquer coating added to mine - it'll just be autosol'd and then waxed as the nickel seems very good. Just finished removing the lacquer on mine and will start polishing this weekend, although I had a little dabble on the chainstays last night (after i took these pics) and it came up "sunglasses are advisable" shiny! -
I can't see it becoming rusty as i wouldn't let that happen tbh. But if in a few years it becomes 'tired' looking, then I'll powdercoat it black as I love the black P7's anyway so I can't lose!
1990 Ridgeback 704XT 1990 Raleigh Dyna-Tech Encounter (SWMBOs) 1992 Orange Aluminium 'O' 1992 Orange Prestige 1994 Orange Clockwork 1996 Orange P7