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Chipped Paint(7 posts)

Chipped PaintJim Burton
Jun 26, 2001 10:10 AM
Okay, this is a question about my mountain bike, but I trust the knowledge of the people on this post more than on the "other".

My mountain bike is a steel, 853 Reynolds framed Voodoo. Now, since it is a mountain bike, it is subjected to quite a bit more tumbling than my road bike. This means that my paint is chipped more on my mountain bike, though I ride it only about a fifth of the total riding I do. Until the adventure race this weekend, my chips were only down to a white material that I can only assume to be primer. But, in this race, I got some pretty deep gashes down to bare metal. What should I do to prevent corrosion and rust? In the past, I have just put a spot of clear fingernail polish on the chip to prevent it from flaking more. Would this be a sufficient sealing measure? Is 853 treated to help prevent rust? Can anyone suggest an alternate treatment? The paint is a metallic gold and I don't believe that a spot chip paint would be available.

In addition to this, I would like to announce that my Serotta CIII is HERE!!! Well, not really here, but at the bike shop in Atlanta. I won't be able to make a trip to Atlanta until next week, or until I become so impatient that call in sick to work and take a quick trip (probably the latter!). I am about to pee my pants as I type!
Try nail polishCima Coppi
Jun 26, 2001 10:27 AM
Jim,

I have my Merckx for 14 years and it has sustained some good deep gashes into the paint. I have found nail polish to be a good touch-up paint. It has never allowed rust to form in the gash, and with the wide variety of colors, you'll probably find a close match to your frames color.

Hope this helps!! Good luck

CC
Try nail polishLone Gunman
Jun 26, 2001 12:43 PM
Automobile paint supplier may have touch up paint or a Hobby shop or Art supply store.
re: Chipped PaintJofa
Jun 26, 2001 1:41 PM
Go to a car paint specialist, the kind that mix paint to order, on your bike. Get them to mix up some cellulose car paint in the smallest quantity they do... usually a half litre. It'll cost about £8 ($12?), but there'll be enough to last for ever... that way you can get a perfect colour match, and a tough repair.
re: Chipped PaintMCCL
Jun 26, 2001 3:37 PM
If you are really concerned I would suggest going to your nearest AUTO BODY PAINT SUPPLY. Ask for a metal nuetralizer. This was something we would use when we would sand down a body panel to clear metal. The nuetralizer will sting the metal so it will be ready for a primer. Primer is porus so don't put faith in primer repelling the elements. It was green in color, can't remember the product name. Read directions because it must be mixed with water. Of course they may have something new out now. Any kind of problems with paint one should locate there nearest Auto Body Paint Supply. The paint on your frame is no different from the one's on cars. In fact I talked with Serrota last year and they said they could put a Camellia paint job on for an extra 40.00 Not bad for a paint that cost about 800.00 a quart. Most bikes are clear coated and require a clear coat wax. Polishes could be too abrasive and create marks and dull the finish. These people know paint and will most likely have a person on hand for a nominal fee that can match colors. Good luck.
Touch-up paintdavidl
Jun 26, 2001 8:25 PM
at any auto parts store. Some bike manufacturers sell their own touch-up paint, for instance Bianchi sells celeste - see 'store' at the Bianchi web site. You'll find a match - and don't forget clearcoat. You can find "LeTour" clearcoat for bikes at http://www.branfordbike.com. auto clearcoat will work, too.
One other idea: Model paintscory
Jun 26, 2001 9:45 PM
I use nail polish more than anything else, but sometimes you can find a match with Testor's model paints. The Atlantis green, for instance, is Testor's No. 2315, same color as the interior of Russian military vehicles (what do I know? But that's what they say).