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How to fix a scratch (okay gauge)...(6 posts)

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 needAlexR
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.

Your friend,

Yeah, don't worry about itscottfree
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! nmBrooks
Dec 18, 2001 2:28 PM