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Paint Nick Tips Needed....(4 posts)

Paint Nick Tips Needed....WrigleyRoadie
Sep 10, 2002 6:02 AM
I'm banging my head against a wall after scratching the fork on my BRAND NEW Litespeed Hyperion yesterday... before it's even been built. I hate living in the city... big wrought-iron gates and fences everywhere, and I got bumped while walking on the sidewalk with the frame on my shoulder. I almost impaled the offender with the fork.

I know a bike is a tool, not something to hang on the wall and stare at... but this one hurts.

ANYWAY... I can't find touch-up paint on line for this frame, and I doubt my e-mail to Litespeed will be answered with good news as far as getting some from Chattonooga. So, what's the next step? Hobby store and model paints? (This is for the carbon fork). If I dab paint on the nick, should I coat it with something? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Clear nail polish has become my favorite.Spoke Wrench
Sep 10, 2002 6:08 AM
It covers the scratch without attracting attention to itself like any color that "almost" matches. I'd want to get some advice from somebody like Grzy, who has carbon fiber experience, before I tried it on my fork.
nail polish, model airplane paint or car touch-up enamelSilverback
Sep 10, 2002 8:04 AM
I've used all three, and they work fine. If you go to a drugstore near a junior high school, you can find cheap nail polish to match nearly anything. Touch-up enamel in places like Pep Boys or Kragen comes in lots of colors, both brush-on and spray.
Most stores don't carry many colors of Testor's model enamel, but if you can find a hobby shop with a wide selection, you're all set. Atlantis' green, for instance, is an exact match for a Testor's color used to paint the interiors of models of Russian military vehicles.
And Wal Mart auto touch-up paint can EXACTLY matchscottfree
Sep 10, 2002 8:25 AM
the red of a 2002 LeMond Buenos Aires.