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Body work advice please(5 posts)

Body work advice pleaseJohn445
May 7, 2002 10:30 AM
I dropped my new aluminum frame bike with clear coated blue finish. A few small scratches on rear seat stay (cosmetic only). I ordered the appropriate touch-up paint. Now what?

I have waxed the bike several times, so what do I use to clean up the scratched area? After this I am open to suggestions. These are very minor scratches but hey the bike is one month old. Help me out please so I don't make it worse with a bad touch-up job.

Waxing your bike?mixinbeatz
May 7, 2002 1:10 PM
I would work on not freaking out over every little scratch. Then, when you crash, you will not go into depression when the frame is ruined. My first road bike I was crazy about painting every ding. Now it has been relegated to my second string rain bike, and has an inch of dirt on it. Just wipe it and apply paint, it is not going to be beautiful forever.
re: Body work advice pleasemwood
May 7, 2002 2:43 PM
If you want it to be less noticeable, spend some time prepping. Get some paint cleaner (use lacquer thinner in a pinch) to clean off wax. Sand the edges of the scratch to lessen the abruptness of the transition from unscratched area. Use a number of light coats of touch up to build up paint thickness in scratched area until it is slightly above the level of surrounding paint. Now, sand down the slightly higher, new paint, starting with 400 grit and working down to 1500 wet (use lots of water). Feather in some clear coat from a rattle can (make sure it is the same as used by the frame builder) and you'll like the results.
good luck
Be carefulNessism
May 7, 2002 5:34 PM
Lacquer thinner is way too harsh to clean the paint prior to touch up. You could damage the surrounding paint. Alcohol is much safer. And I wouldn't bother trying to feather out the edges either, it only makes the defect larger. The best bet is to just brush touch up the scratch using thin coats. Try to build up the paint until it's just above the surrounding surface. Next, wet sand with 1000 grit followed by 1500. Lastly, use rubbing/polishing compound.

Thanks for the advice, (NM)John445
May 8, 2002 5:25 AM