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scratched carbon forks safe?(5 posts)

scratched carbon forks safe?geckotb
Feb 28, 2003 3:49 PM
I bought a columbus muscle fork from supergo, but when i received it, there was a scratch and a pit in the clear finish on one of the legs due to very sloppy packaging (the expander bolt was left to float around loose inside the box!). i took the fork to 2 LBS's and they both told me that the damage looked only superficial and the forks were still okay. they recommended using some clear nail polish to touch it up; I tried that and it looks okay.
has anybody else had any experience with (cosmetically) damaged cf? experiences trying to touch up minor damage? is a scratch in the finish of a cf fork cause to worry about failure?
re: scratched carbon forks safe?Rusty Coggs
Feb 28, 2003 5:12 PM
why don't you send it back and let them eat their screwup?You paid good money and should be the one to scratch it.
re: scratched carbon forks safe?Grand Pooh Bear
Mar 1, 2003 7:54 AM
I agree with sending it back, but the nail polish you put on it already MIGHT pose a bit of a problem as far as the company is concerned. As for the nail polish, I have no experience with carbon forks, but my old CF Mtn frame was repeatedly touched up with nail polish and matte finish polyurethane, including some DEEP scratches, a few of which actually dug into the carbon, itself. Never had a lick of problem. I would guess any carbon fork will begin to show at least some regular pitting in the finish as it absorbs the hits of road debris.
re: scratched carbon forks safe?Bruno S
Feb 28, 2003 10:25 PM
once I had s small rock get between the brake, fork and rim. It bounced inside there until I could stop and take it out. It scratched the rim breaking surface and had to stone it flat again. It also scratched very much the inside of one of the cf fork blades. I covered the scratches with the strongest nail polish I could find and used it with no problem. I don't think you will have a problem at all.
Do what the shop advisedLeroy
Mar 1, 2003 8:46 AM
and don't worry about it. Maybe you send it back and the next one is scratched too. What do you think happens when you ride - over the life of the fork. Think you're never going to get another scratch? Go on to the next problem.