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Best way to touch up paint?(3 posts)

Best way to touch up paint?girl
Jun 6, 2001 5:10 PM
I have a 1/2" x 1/2" spot of exposed metal on my aluminum bike where the paint has chipped off, besides the other usual dings...
What is my best bet as far as touch up paint? What kind of prepping should I do?

re: Best way to touch up paint?mike mcmahon
Jun 6, 2001 5:31 PM
Fingernail polish is usually pretty good for touching up small dings and scratches. Unless you have a really strange color frame, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a polish that matches the paint pretty closely. I used it successfully on my old bike on several spots and didn't do any "prep" on it before using the polish. Good luck.

Hobby shop or toy store.Scy
Jun 6, 2001 10:08 PM
The enamel paints used for scale models at hobby shops and better toy stores work well. They generally adhere to metal without the need for primer and come in almost all colors. They're also half the price of touch up paint sold in auto supply stores.

I found this out when I bought a $30 bike and touched it up in about 30 spots with perfectly matching paint. After cleaning it up, and spending about 6 hours tuning it (including repacking hubs and BB), it looked and worked great. I sold it a week later for $250.