Headset before (IMG:http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/4820/headset8yf.jpg
Headset after. (Ok there is something fishy about this one! lol) (IMG:http://img313.imageshack.us/img313/272/edco2polishedwebsized7zr.jpg
Frame before (original paint) (IMG:http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/2823/frameinsink8aa.jpg
Original paint after polish (IMG:http://img421.imageshack.us/img421/7530/bbpolished3mx.jpg
The biggest problem with Evaporust, and other products, is the quantity, and price, of the amount needed to do the job. It has to be soaked, and soaked for a long period of time. Therefore, gallons of the stuff are needed and that is very expensive, and it has to be filtered to be reused, and stored.
Oxalic acid is typically marketed as a wood bleach in hardware stores. It costs less than 10 bucks. All you need to do is mix a few ounces of Oxalic acid in a large tub of water, and soak the parts for 12-36 hours. You simply wipe the parts free of the rust occasionally with a white (soft, non-abrasive) scotch-brite pad, and you are done.
Rinse the parts off, and coat the insides of the tubing with LPS-3 rust proofing. Done. On to polishing...
The pitting will never go away, but you have not added any steel wool scratches, or scotch brite scratches, or any other damage. In fact, it will often leave the decals in tact! Especially if you cover them with tape first!
These parts above look completely unusable, but they are now perfectly show-able! Polish-able, paint-able, or ready for use, as is.
I have not decided whether I am going to powder the forks, and bars, black for a unique look, or polish and show chrome them, or use them as it.
I think I will still strip, polish and show chrome them, but I wanted to give you a really good answer to the popular question. "How do I remove rust from chrome?"
Oxalic acid, White scotch-brite, and a tooth brush. Nothing more, nothing less. A couple of dollars, soak it, wipe it, pull the drain plug, and rustproof the parts. Polish to taste, Done.
The results from Evapo-rust are not as good as this, and it does some funny things, like turning steel black, and removing black oxide coatings.
OXALIC Acid. AKA Wood Bleach. Powder form, hardware store. [ April 01, 2006, 01:35 PM: Message edited by: Ted Carl ]