|Hey Humma Hah||steeveo|
Aug 24, 2001 7:15 AM
|Just went to your website. Humma Hah (the bike) is BEAUTIFUL! The funny thing is, I have a rusted hulk of an old green Typhoon out in my barn (my brother-in-law's bike when he was a kid, I'm guessing) and I've been thinking off and on all summer about restoring it, or at least making it ridable. I had no idea your bike was a Typhoon too. Looking at your photos/reading your tale has inspired me to get on with the project!|
|whats the URL to his site? NM||GTrider215|
Aug 24, 2001 8:31 AM
|tomligon.com, select hobbies, and cycling (nm)||Humma Hah|
Aug 24, 2001 9:08 AM
|Thanks ...||Humma Hah|
Aug 24, 2001 9:13 AM
|... That's a CyclArt powdercoat job. They have a large library of decals, and also do custom work, like the name on the chainguard.
They have a few example bikes in their showroom that demonstrate how rusty and pitted a frame can be and still be restored to look like new. Absolutely amazing. But mine had only slight cosmetic rust, the frame is very solid, and they just stripped and applied the powdercoat with no surfaces restoration.
How are the rims on the old Typhoon? Schwinn used very heavy chrome on the old S-2 and S-7 rims (assuming they're chromed and not painted). It may have a layer of crud on it, but see if it doesn't polish up beautifully with a little ScotchBrite.
|a note on cleaning pads||Haiku d'état|
Aug 24, 2001 9:38 AM
|I think scotchbrite is synthetic fiber--is this right? i've tried some sponge-based abrasive cleaning pads without much luck.
when i used copper scrubbing pads for the first time (instead of steel wool), what a difference in removing rust from chrome rims and other shiny parts on old clunkers! i've read on the 'net on restoration sites that steel wool leaves tiny splinters in the cleaned surface, promoting further/future rust.
|I've used steel wool ...||Humma Hah|
Aug 24, 2001 12:56 PM
|... and found it very effective. I doubt it leaves splinters in the smooth chrome, but I know it leaves them around the spoke holes, etc, and they turn to rust almost instantly.
If ScotchBrite doesn't remove it, especially with a little help from something like Mother's Chrome Polish or a similar auto product, it may not be surface rust, but actual pitting thru the chrome.