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Got the 22t tooth mounted up today. Its a nice ride now, with a perfect pedal RPM. Not too spinny, but not difficult whatsoever.
How did you get the paintjob so clean? It looks like there's a lot of rust on the "before" pics. I also have an old peugeot frame with a very tired paintjob, but i like the decals, so I would like to clean it up instead of repainting. Would a layer of clear coat do the job??
There really wasn't much rust. Only had surface rust on the chain stays near the bottom bracket and some on the fork drop outs. As far as the paint... After I gave it a good bath i used some polishing compound on the paint and buffed up a little. Now I hit it with some spray detailer once in a while.
If you like the decals, but you have some rust spots.. You could sand/grind the rust away in those spots and touch up with matching paint. Or, like you said, you could hit the whole frame with some clear. I'd wet sand the whole frame first though, and also get rid of as much rust as possible.
thanks, I also planned on wet-sanding the frame first, and then give it some clear coating. I really haven't got that much rust, but alot of small scratches on the frame, so the paint does not shine as much anymore.
Here is mine:
Nice Pug. I have a 70s uo-8 in the garage I haven't got to yet. I ride my Fuji regularly, with a 52/18 ss set-up. I prefer it to the 39t that was the other stock ring, but it can be tough an steep hills. I've never had to walk it though. Got used to it, i guess. That said, I do think a bigger freewheel is a good idea.
Here's my Fuji:
Fuji flip-flop single speed (After) by curlywolf, on Flickr
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