Saving a Mercian frame - advice needed

Alfa GT

Active Member
Hi all

I'm looking into trying to save an 80s mercian frame which has a fair bit of surface rust. I was thinking of getting it painted but is there a way to preserve it as it is now with rust and all without it getting worse? It's only original once after all!

Thanks
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midlife

Guru
Frame looks like a Mercian Campionissimo with Haden lugs. it looks like all of the original paint has gone? Maybe time to refinish.
 
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Alfa GT

Alfa GT

Active Member
Most of the original paint has gone but you can still see glimpses around the frame. It was originally a gun metal grey type colour anyway. I'd like to try and get some of the rust off and seal it to preserve whatever of the paint is left. Is it possible?
 

midlife

Guru
There's something on you tube about doing that sort of thing to an old Claud Butler, it's been posted on here a couple of times. I'll have a hunt.
 

Phaeton

Guru
Location
Oop North (ish)
Strip it down & then clear lacquer the frame, you may have to test it somewhere that can't be seen just in case reacts, it will need wiping down with cleaning rags.
 

midlife

Guru
Another Campionissimo :smile:
 
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Alfa GT

Alfa GT

Active Member
I'm a fan of original patina, but I'm also a chicken. It's probably ok, but I'd want that pain off to check the integrity of the frame where its corroded.
Get what you mean but if i can get away without painting then I'd like to. The you tube video above makes me want to do it even more!
 

gbb

Legendary Member
Location
Peterborough
Colleague of mine has a circa 1964 Lambretta with all its nicks, dents and scratches for all to see in it's original paint. It has a charm all of it's own. Lovely idea to retain and preserve the original paintwork and decals.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Valhalla
You need a large container and some oxalic acid. That'll remove the rust but won't harm the paint. Then use a 2 pack aerosol such as Spraymax, as the normal stuff will just chip. Spraymax can be had in satin finish, which would seal the surface and would be obvious.
 
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