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Where you CAN use steel wool

#1 2010-03-23 7:34pm

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Where you CAN use steel wool

I've read a lot of posts where 0000 steel wool gets bashed.  Here is a post about where it worked well for me.  big_smile

I decided to sell one of my Haro Backtrails but couldn't let my Tuff Wheels go with it or a few other parts I was really fond of.  I found a good pair of new school rims to replace the Tuffs and figured I'd better give 'em a little cleaning first.  I hadn't really noticed how rusty the spokes were until I got them inside to the sink.  After rinsing the dirt off the hubs and rims I figured I'd give steel wool a shot at the spokes.  I did two of them and had to stop to take some before shots because I could see how amazing these were going to turn out.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/CleanWheel01.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/CleanWheel02.jpg

After 30-45 minutes of hand-cramp scrubbing I was able to bring this wheel back to a respectable finish.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/CleanWheel03.jpg

The rest of the rim looked so much nicer I had to hit the axle with my wire wheel to remove the rust (see the first pic above).

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/CleanWheel04.jpg

I prefer building and riding old-school and mid-school bikes.  I don't own a new-school ride yet but they are growing on me.  So, I've had several bikes up for sale this past winter which took a long time to sell.  I figured this is because of one of two things:

1.  Winter is a bad time to be selling BMX bikes
2.  There aren't a lot of people looking to buy old-school or mid-school bikes

There's nothing I can do about Winter so I figured I'd try to make my Backtrail look as new school as I could.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/BTCL02.jpg

I already had one reply on my ad within an hour of posting.  We'll see if I'm on to anything here... tongue

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#2 2010-03-23 10:38pm

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

Did you do the paint and decal work on this one as well?

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#3 2010-03-24 5:34am

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

Genix9 wrote:

Did you do the paint and decal work on this one as well?

Some of it.  On this one I just played with waterslide decals over the original paint.  Here's the thread:

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=194539

It looked like this before I tore it down:

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/backtrail_ferrari_10.jpg

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#4 2010-03-25 1:32pm

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you people on here amaze me. i really dont know how yall do it....... all while being so modest. first off, the spokes look great now. second, the "new school" bike looks awesome, then i see the "mid-old" school version, and im blown away. it looks awesome as well. both bike really capture what theyre going for and look awesome, will you make me a bike??????? lol, what i mean to say is you have good taste and both bikes(one frame) look great. i have a chrom pft that has rust dots on it. its like from afar it would just look like shiny chrome but up close it looks like tiny rust dots here and there. you know what to do about that??

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#5 2010-03-25 6:34pm

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Man, that's a pretty nice compliment.  Thanks!

I have a chrome Performer that sounds like it's in the same condition.  It's real close in line for a restoration.  I'm going to give mine a white vinegar bath - in fact, I have several chrome frames that are going to go one after another.  If you search the term "white vinegar" or "rust vinegar" you'll find the good threads that explain it all.  When I do mine I'll be sure to photo document the process.

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#6 2010-03-25 6:41pm

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

top work on the rims yikesbig_smile

tell me, did you use any kind of cleaning agent, or just water and steel wool?  i have a pair to attack soon but have not had the inspiration up until this.

as always, love your progress/restoration threads.  keep it up big_smile.
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#7 2010-03-25 7:24pm

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Yes.  I put a couple squirts of plain old dish soap in a bowl then filled it with with warm water.

Man, I did this two days ago and my hands still feel cramped (and it was only 48 spokes!)... neutral

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#8 2010-03-26 4:11am

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this brings a whole new light to why im gonna look into 36 spoke, lol. cool ill look into the white vinegar. the frame, from the sounds of it was never in any worse condition, you know what i mean? its a survivor and its not like it was a pile of rust and got restored to what it is now. this is the worst its ever been so thats why i know there has to be a way to get it done, ive seen piles of rust, literally come to life on here and its amazing to me.i dont know if anyone on here gets enough credit. i mean, you take a household 40 yr old dad w/ 2 kids and 3 hrs off a day and they cant do freakin anything. all they need is a forum to converse amongst each other and boom- brand new bike, lmao. im not meaning to sound like a total nard, but ya know what i mean. its pretty cool. thanks for the info and ill be looking forward to the pics of the performer!

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#9 2010-05-08 4:31am

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

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#10 2011-07-20 9:34pm

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#11 2011-07-20 9:39pm

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I like it better with the spokes.

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#12 2011-07-23 8:52pm

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awesome...remember using steel wool on my spokes as a kid and never had a problem..

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#13 2012-01-26 3:48pm

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

+ 1 though I must admit that may also have used it on my frames!!  yikes


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#14 2012-01-26 5:14pm

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i really like what you did to the backtrail.....i have an 02 revo that i ride at the park,and it could sure use some tlc.I 'm thinking of trying 2 tone paint job like the mid 80s haros......

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#15 2012-01-27 9:36am

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I used a cordless drill with mine. Same process as wired but put the curved end in a cordless drill and bam, in no time they looked great. I just pinched the spoke with the steel wool and done. Then flip over and finish it off. Just the very end of the curved part is all I had to do by hand alone. Just my 2.5 cents wink


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#16 2012-01-27 10:35am

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man seeing how nice that bike came out makes me glad that im building my bike again. this has did everything to inspire me to work on my bike more and more when i can


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#17 2012-01-27 5:49pm

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#18 2013-12-13 5:56am

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Re: Where you CAN use steel wool

Looks great ! Did you use the steel wool and soapy water to shine the rims too or is it only recommended for polishing up the spokes and rusty spots?

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#19 2013-12-13 2:26pm

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Having grown up in a body shop and working on cars all my life I've done plenty of chrome polishing. I've used the fine steel wool a lot with good results on certain things. Have to be careful on shiney chrome finishes like a frame though. Depends on the severity of the rust also. I have used it with different kinds of chrome polish with excellent results. Having just recently gotten back into messing with my bikes again I'll have to remember that for spokes. They turned out great. You really brought them back to life. Look awesome.

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#20 2013-12-13 8:17pm

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the way it looks from before is what mine turned into.. yea i cleaned wired buffing them, and it went in water a lot lol, they are pry worse looking hah. how would u prevent this? do different metals rust differently?


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#21 2013-12-13 8:34pm

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http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy275/ldb71/Mobile%20Uploads/photo_zps5fafbd86.jpg
Don't know if any of you guys have tried this. It works great on mild surface rust. It'll really clean up chrome nice. It isn't abrasive. It has like an oil in it. Really works well. I've used it on a lot of stuff. You will have to clean the oily stuff off the surface when done. Comes off real easy with a soft cotton rag like you'd take off wax with.

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#22 2013-12-14 3:20am

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84HaroSport wrote:

http://i799.photobucket.com/albums/yy27 … afbd86.jpg
Don't know if any of you guys have tried this. It works great on mild surface rust. It'll really clean up chrome nice. It isn't abrasive. It has like an oil in it. Really works well. I've used it on a lot of stuff. You will have to clean the oily stuff off the surface when done. Comes off real easy with a soft cotton rag like you'd take off wax with.

Yes, I have used that stuff before and it does work good.


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#23 2013-12-14 7:02am

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Nice before and after pics.

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