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Small paint chip--how to fix it?(5 posts)

Small paint chip--how to fix it?crestlinefarm
May 27, 2003 3:17 PM
D'oh! I have a small chip in the red paint on my top tube. I'm tempted to try repairing it, since otherwise the paint is in excellent condition. It's an older aluminum frame if that matters, more sentimental than valuable. Any ideas?

If it weren't directly under my nose, I probably wouldn't even bother with it....
Three approachesKerry
May 27, 2003 4:50 PM
1 & 2: dab on fingernail polish and auto touchup paint, cheap, available in lots of colors, durable, and hard to get a smooth and shiny finish.

3: sand smooth with very fine wet-or-dry sandpaper, prime, sand, color coat(s) with sanding, clear coat. A fair amount of work but the only way to approach that will reproduce the factory paint job.
Be careful with that fingernail polishLone Gunman
May 27, 2003 5:01 PM
I had disasterous results trying to touch up my Lemond where the paint had cracked and rust had formed (around bottle bosses) and more paint cracked and peeled. I picked at it to loosen all the bad area, primed it with a rust sealant and painted then top coated with fingernail polish (clear). It ate the decals and made a paint spot much worse. End result was I had the frame powdercoated and painted 50/50, new decals and clearcoated. $300+ The paint peeled off like cheap tape.
My LBS has a box of paintspitt83
May 28, 2003 5:26 AM
I told them my purpose was to sell the bike; they said, "Come use the kit". I looked up the exact color and they had one. Each small bottle costs a fortune and they can't get old colors. They get these from the manufacturer. No charge to use theirs.

I asked the obvious, "Do you fix and sell repaired frames". Answer was, "We tell you if we do; those are our 'annual big sale' bikes". I believe that answer since you'd notice a repair on close inspection anyway.

If your frame is mainstream, your LBS may have the exact paint.
May 28, 2003 6:53 AM
Aluminum doesnt rust, so there's no need to fix it. Scratches and nicks add character to a bike. Let the world know where your bike has been!

I hate seeing pristine bikes, motorcycles, and sports-cars. Makes me think they're not being used to their potential.