How to restore a bike repair stand.
Step 1: Old Stand
I picked up this professional bike repair stand for $10 on craigslist. All it needed was a spit shine.
Step 2: Rust Removal
I wanted to experiment with phosphoric acid as a rust remover. I brushed it over the rust on the base of the stand and let it sit for 24 hours as directed. This didn't seem to have the desired effect I was looking for. I think if I had brushed on the acid and immediately used an abrasive to loosen the rust it would have worked well. Instead I got out my 3M abrasive wheel bit and ripped the rust off.
Step 3: Prime and Paint
Prime the base on both sides, let dry thoroughly and then paint.
Step 4: Clamp
Disassemble the clamp head.
Step 5: Rust Removal
I tried a commercial rust remover called Metal Rescue for this project. It worked well but was over priced in my opinion. Vinegar would have been a better option if I had had the patience. After removing the rust lubricate the hardware.
Step 6: Paint
Paint the clamp pieces.
Step 7: Reassemble
Reassemble the clamp head.
Step 8: Clamp Grip
The plastic from the inside of the clamp had significantly deteriorated, so I used epoxy to secure an old bike tire inside the clamp jaws.
Step 9: Complete
Complete the reassembly and prop up your bike.