|How to fix a scratch (okay gauge)...||Kristin|
Dec 18, 2001 11:17 AM
|I have put a nice little nic in my paint job that goes all the way thru to the metal. While riding in the back seat, my bikes brake adjuster (thingy :-) was resting against the downtube unaware. Over time it chipped thru the paint. What can I do to repair this so that I don't get rust? I also have some laminant scratches on the bike...should I cover those with something too?
I hear that Titanium is the material of choice for clumbsy bike owners. Might be cheaper than me replacing a ruined steel frame every 2 years.
|Nail polish for gouges and scratches?||Brian C.|
Dec 18, 2001 11:36 AM
|A little Testor's hobby paint is all you need||AlexR|
Dec 18, 2001 11:40 AM
|You should be able to match the color, Testor's has everything under the sun. If you want to be serious about it, sand with a fine grain before applying the paint. I don't need to mention that you should clean the area first.
BTW, bikes get scratches. You should learn to cover it up and not worry about it.
|Yeah, don't worry about it||scottfree|
Dec 18, 2001 12:59 PM
|If scratches ruined a steel frame in a couple of years, my bike would have been ruined, oh, 15 years ago.|
|Keep that touch up paint handy...||Tex|
Dec 18, 2001 1:03 PM
|The two steel frames I've been riding into the ground for the last 15 years still shine up pretty because I keep 'em clean. Rust hasn't defeated them yet, far from it: when cleaning and lubing the chain, I also check for scratches and chips, and dab a little car touch up paint over 'em. It don't look real pretty close up, but cain't tell no difference from a ways back.
Now I ain't no expert, but I'd say cromoly steel tubing is so dense, it'll take a while for rust to break through it. I did know a guy who sweated alot on his top tube and rusted the cable guide braze-ons, but even though that top tube looked really corroded, it was still structurally sound, it weren't goin nowhere.
|Carbon fiber, Aluminum or Titantium for no rust! nm||Brooks|
Dec 18, 2001 2:28 PM