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protecting paint job(10 posts)

protecting paint jobTozamile
Sep 22, 2003 12:58 PM
I just purchased a frame and would like to do everything possible to protect the paint job. Any suggestions/recommendations?
throw your adjustable wrenches in the garbage (nm)spluti
Sep 22, 2003 1:11 PM
Clearcoat.Humma Hah
Sep 22, 2003 1:36 PM
Hang the bike on the wall in a hermetically sealed frame behind 1/4" Lexan?

Assuming you want to actually RIDE the thing, and knowing that bad things happen to good frames, I can think of nothing that offers more protection than clearcoat. However, the one caution is that some types of clearcoat have a bad effect on some types of decal.

My powdercoated and custom-decalled bike is clearcoated with Imron.
Clearcoat.Humma Hah
Sep 22, 2003 1:36 PM
Assuming the frame is already clearcoatedJFR
Sep 22, 2003 1:58 PM
You can wax it with clearcoat safe car wax to help preserve the finish.
Here's the best method yet....fasteddie
Sep 22, 2003 3:23 PM
Why does everyone insist that there is no solution to your concern and that you just need to get used to the inevitable accumulation of nicks and scratches that come with normal wear and tear of riding? Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way.

Shortly after I received my shiny new C40 I called a local guy that installs 3M clear bra material on cars. For $90 he custom cut and installed this material over nearly every inch of my frame, even did it in my garage under my watchful eye while the bike was mounted it on my workstand. Yes, it added a FEW grams - really not that much - but that wasn't the point. Two years and several thousand miles later it still looks like new! True, the 3M stuff does have a few nicks here and there, but I know the frame/paint beneath it is pristine. The nicks in the 3M are harder to see that if it was directly into the paint, and I can always replace just that section of 3M if it's really bad...much cheaper than a repaint of a C40.
So now it's a plastic coating that's nicked and scratchedKerry Irons
Sep 22, 2003 4:42 PM
If your goal is to protect the paint, this works. If your goal is appearance, it doesn't really get you there. My solution to all this is bare Ti - only the decals get dinged.
that 3M stuff is....fasteddie
Sep 22, 2003 7:31 PM
pretty tough stuff. A nick in this clear plastic film is noticeable only if you're looking hard for it. Something that would leave a small nick in the film would have left a long deep scratch in paint/clear coat/etc., and even perhaps cutting into the CF weave. You've obviously never used or seen this stuff in a real life application.

You're Ti bike must be a lot tougher than my Ti bike. Obviously it's more durable than paint, but it's not impervious to a scratch or abrasion that can mar a brushed finish.
Ever heard of a Brillo pad? nmthe bull
Sep 22, 2003 7:44 PM
Useless to point out that it's a piece of gear, right?retro
Sep 23, 2003 1:13 PM
In Grant Petersen's immortal phrase, more or less, "It's a piece of outdoor equipment. It's going to get dinged. If you scratch it, we're sympathetic, but not very."
Sorry, but I just don't get this compulsion to shield a bike from everything that happens. Obviously you take as good care of it as you reasonably can, but it's a piece of outdoor equipment, essentially a toy. It doesn't work worse with a scuff on it. When the worry over scratching it outweighs the pleasure of riding it, your toy is playing with you.