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steel frame - big scratch - and what to do?(8 posts)

steel frame - big scratch - and what to do?darragh
Jan 4, 2002 7:37 PM cut a long story short, it's too depressing to talk about, I now have a thumb nail size scratch on my beautiful Pegoretti frame. Fortunately it is on the inside of the chainstay, so it is not too obvious.

What is the best course of action? I could have the whole frame repainted, which would be a great deal of aggravation not to mention time? I bought a can of rust-oleum that is of similar colour, but not quite right?

Basically, I'm willing to send it back to Italy and have it repainted, but I'd rather not do that for at least 9 to 12 months. Any advice would be greatly appreciated?

can of paint- small brush - and what's the problem?Ahimsa
Jan 4, 2002 7:52 PM
Scratches are a fact of life. I think you should learn to enjoy the art of touch up painting. I prefer a well worn bike to a brand spanking new pristine one anyway.


ditto: this will happen again ... find some touch-up paint.. nmCT1
Jan 4, 2002 8:27 PM
re: steel frame - big scratchSteveS
Jan 4, 2002 8:05 PM
You didn't mention whether the scratch went down to bare metal or not, but I have often heard that clear finger nail polish works for sealing the scratch. Find some touch up that matches or comes close to your frame color at an auto supply or hobby shop and touch it up using repeated thin coats of paint.

Unless you have a special style of paint job that you think is un-copyable, I would not consider sending it back to Italy to paint. Instead, if you feel the need to repaint, check out Joe Bell, Brian Bayliss, or even Spectrum Powderworks. The quality of the paint will probably be superior to what you can get in Italy.

For what its worth, I did almost the same thing to my brand new Bob Jackson. heck, I can't even blame the scratch on anyone else. Touch up will have to do, I am not going to the time and effort of sending to Britain for a chip. Good luck.
re: steel frame - big scratch - and what to do?tr
Jan 4, 2002 8:07 PM
I think there are several places here in US that could do an excellent job of matching it and fixing it for you. Hopefully some of the guys here will give you a few places to check out. I think Pegoretti uses someone else to paint the bikes anyway. They are beautiful frames (i must admit).
re: steel frame - big scratch - and what to do?Daniel
Jan 5, 2002 1:51 PM
When I was banging in the star nut on my Marinoni, the tool fell out of my hand on to the frame. Two small nicks appeared on the toptube. At first it bothered me. After riding it a while more nicks appeared. It reminds me of my first new car. The first scratch hurts. Each one hurts less. Just ride it and forget about it. After having had two bad accidents, I now say, as long as I am all right, who cares about the bike.

re: steel frame - big scratch - and what to do?SnowBlind
Jan 7, 2002 9:54 AM
Try using clearcoat polish, it may buff right out. I have never inspected a Pegoretti right up close, but most modern paint jobs have clear coat, and when it scratches (which is tough to do) it leaves a nasty white mark as the clearcoat shatters along the edge. A little buffing will polish off the sharp edges and fill the cracks and reduce the noticablity of the scratch.

If you must paint, either get a paint shop (auto) to make an exact match and dab, or get a similar colour and feather the edges so it is not so noticable.

Good luck!
just get some fingernail polishColnagoFE
Jan 7, 2002 10:19 AM
you can usually find a close match. The little brish works fine to paint with if you';re not too anal retentive about the results. make sure it's clean and rust-free before you paint it though.