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Fixing up old bike
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I bought this old bike that works really great and very little rust. I took most of it off with foil and water and now most of it shines. Yet it still has some. I read that I should have it 'media' blasted. I'm not sure where to do that. Does anyone know how much that would costs?

I'm thinking of getting a new chain also and maybe painting after it gets blasted. Other than that it works great.

Any other tips would be great thanks!
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#2
Did you buy that bike in Florida?
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(01-08-2010, 11:22 PM)Jordan300 Wrote:  Did you buy that bike in Florida?

Lol
Yes, why?
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#4
I recognize the picture, was that posted in Orlando craigslist?
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(01-08-2010, 11:24 PM)Jordan300 Wrote:  I recognize the picture, was that posted in Orlando craigslist?

It was on craigslist but he lives more south from Orlando.
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You could get it blasted, but this will take off all of your paint as well, and you'll have to get it painted again (if that's what you want). Autobody shops will do it for $20-30, but you'll have to remove all of your parts first so they can work with the bare frame. They can also paint it again for you for around $100.

Nice bike, and cool DeLorean, is that yours? I haven't seen one of those in ages...
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#7
That's sad that recognized that I need to lay off a bit.

Anyway you could get it media blasted for somewhere between 25 to 40 dollars, then you could have it painted. But there is a guy on the Orlando CL that will blast it and powder coat it for $60. which is an amazing deal. I am waiting for a trip down that way to have a frame done by him.
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(01-08-2010, 11:27 PM)Alex Ramon Wrote:  You could get it blasted, but this will take off all of your paint as well, and you'll have to get it painted again (if that's what you want). Autobody shops will do it for $20-30, but you'll have to remove all of your parts first so they can work with the bare frame. They can also paint it again for you for around $100.

Nice bike, and cool DeLorean, is that yours? I haven't seen one of those in ages...

Thanks for the reply. No that car is from the guy I bought it from. He loves vintage stuff. That guy was nice and had a bike tech that lives there too.
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http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/1542832896.html

looks like he lowered his price to $50 you can't beat that anywhere. I am bringing my frame down there on my next trip. He is a really nice guy, he was going to do mine on xmas day but i never made it down there.
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(01-08-2010, 11:42 PM)Jordan300 Wrote:  http://orlando.craigslist.org/bik/1542832896.html

looks like he lowered his price to $50 you can't beat that anywhere. I am bringing my frame down there on my next trip. He is a really nice guy, he was going to do mine on xmas day but i never made it down there.

That is a great deal. Too bad it's pretty far from me. I'll try to find a place some time next week and thanks for all the advice.
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Would they also blast the handle bar area? Would I need to remove the grips?
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#12
Yes, you would need to strip everything off any part of the bike you want them to do. So if you want your handlebars done you would remove the grips, levers, etc. until all you are left with is the bar itself. Same goes for the frame and forks so you have to decide if it's worth the effort. It's a big job and you may need to buy tools but you'll learn a lot, and there are always people here who can help with your questions along the way. Posting photos always helps!
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Sounds fun honestly. My dad should have most of those tools. Well I'm glad I found this site for the vids and yeah I'll def post any questions I have here on the forums.
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#14
Restoring vintage bikes is FUN. Taking a rusty hunk of junk and restoring it to a fully functioning, shining bike is one of most rewarding things you can do.

Good luck, and post pics!

*edit* After looking at the original pic though, yours isn't exactly a rust bucket.
Dedicated scholar of bicycles
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