Getting rid of freckles?

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Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:09 pm

Any thoughts on the best way to get rid of these sort of freckles?
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby munga » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:13 pm

i'll assume you've tried polishing them out already, and suggest spraying/wiping with rust convertor and then applying some decent polish.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:41 pm

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Problem solved :) .


But seriously, dunno.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:11 am

I tried the sandblaster without success....

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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby morini » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:34 am

I reckon there's a fair chance you'll reach 20,000 on the freckle count if you start now. :D
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:35 pm

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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:50 pm

munga wrote:i'll assume you've tried polishing them out already, and suggest spraying/wiping with rust convertor and then applying some decent polish.

I'll dewax a section and give the converter a go.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:51 pm

Dr_Mutley wrote:I tried the sandblaster without success....

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That's very impressive. I assume you are pretty keen on sunscreen.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:07 pm

My arm is actually very brown, I've actually used the flash to make it quite dramatic... I have parents who are indigenous, and Irish, hence the above outcome! No sandblaster will fix it!... Anyway sorry for getting the OP off topic.. :-)
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby munga » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:03 pm

obviously the topcoat is worn or too thin, so whatever you do is a stopgap measure. needs more paint! :(
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby morini » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:53 am

Having a sense of humour is never off topic.

If it was me I'd soak the offending frame part in a large bucket of vinegar and see what effect that has, then maybe sand the paint back, maybe repaint it or try one of the harsher surface cutting compounds from Maguires etc. The reality is that the sub surface is corrupted i.e paint doesn't rust but metal does. Time for a respray I'd reckon.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby LG » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:01 am

One technique that I've used a couple times with moderate success - soak a rag or sponge in oxalic acid, use cling wrap to hold the soaked cloth to the frame, leave in contact for an hour or so (depending on strength of acid mix), remove, give it a wee polish, then cover with auto wax.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby scratchman » Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:28 pm

munga wrote:obviously the topcoat is worn or too thin, so whatever you do is a stopgap measure. needs more paint! :(

that's the problem, those are rust spots from the steel, whatever you do is only going to prolong the inevitable :cry:
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:15 pm

morini wrote:Having a sense of humour is never off topic.


This needs to be one of the forum rules :lol: .
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:31 pm

scratchman wrote:
munga wrote:obviously the topcoat is worn or too thin, so whatever you do is a stopgap measure. needs more paint! :(

that's the problem, those are rust spots from the steel, whatever you do is only going to prolong the inevitable :cry:

Hopefully the inevitable won't be for another 20 years.
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby mark field » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:32 pm

Any form of rust, scratches, damage can all be removed in one easy application, just leave the bike out side for council cleanup and in no time at all any unsightly marks or blemishes will vanish in an instant and it wont cost a cent. :shock:
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Re: Getting rid of freckles?

Postby rest_assured » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:24 pm

I find wd40 and a LIGHT scourer can sometimes help
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