It's a 1950s eatons glider , used to be my great uncles. Sat in the garage since the 80s and now it's mine. Finally. Haha , but the paint just won't clean up. I've tried soap and water with a toothbrush , spray nine, that's all I got lol any tips ? I want to bring it back to as close to perfect as possible , already did the chrome up and it looks great , the banana seat is great as well, just the paint left

  • I have had good luck with a "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser". I spray the frame with the foaming bathroom cleaner, then scrub it the Eraser Pad. So far I haven't damaged any paint or aluminum.
    – mikes
    Apr 17, 2016 at 19:07
  • What about Car polish? A Cutting compound might be needed.
    – mattnz
    Apr 17, 2016 at 21:24
  • I would suspect fully disassembling the bike and greasing or replacing old parts, should be a priority. Plus a frame is easiest to clean when stripped.
    – Vorac
    Apr 18, 2016 at 7:47

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How exactly to clean it depends on the type of dirt, so try to figure that out first.

If it's just regular dust, possibly mixed with moisture and some grease/oil to make it sticky, regular household cleaners should work well. Try to get something mildly (!) abrasive, such as a metal cleaner (used for cleaning stainless steel metal sinks) with a mild abrasive component.

The dirt could also actually be a different paint (maybe someone tried to repaint the frame at some point?). That will be a lot more tricky. Solvents would likely remove the original paint too; here your only option is probably to gently work with sandpaper.

Finally, there are special erasers for cleaning hard surfaces. They look and work similarly to pencil erasers, but are harder, to clean away stuff that is difficult to remove. They should be available at stores for household goods, or at hardware stores.

Note: Do not use oven cleaner - it is meant to be used on enameled surfaces, and will strip off paint (it is actually a fairly decent paint remover). Thanks to andy256 for this warning.

  • Absolutely definitely do not use oven cleaner! Any oven cleaner I have encountered is strongly caustic - it's designed for cleaning burned-on food spills off enamel. It will strip the paint of the bike frame.
    – andy256
    Apr 18, 2016 at 10:49
  • @andy256: Thanks for the note, didn't know that. Edited.
    – sleske
    Apr 18, 2016 at 11:22

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