Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A 1961 Raleigh Sports frame

I had this one for a short while, but never acquired enough period-correct parts to satisfy my desire to build it. A pair of proper, pre-T.I. Industries fenders proved particularly frustrating to locate.

This frame did prove the effectiveness of Meguiars Scratch X (or Fine Cut Cleaner #2) to remove oxidation and restore an absolute factory luster from Raleigh's tough-as-steel black enamel, legendary in its day.

Sometimes, it is suggested - unreasonably so - that the 1970's Raleigh products had equally impressive paint. Not so, but the Meguiars' products noted above still serve to clean a layer of oxidation haze over paint, whether it be bicycle, automotive, or otherwise..

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