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kirsty
09-27-2006, 08:56 AM
Hi there,

Does anybody have any advice on touching up chipped paint areas on bike frames?

I'm looking to touch up some scratches on my front & rear forks of my bike to prevent rusting, because using my u-locks every day has been starting to scrape the paint off a bit. Does anybody have any help or advice to offer on what type of paint to use & how it should be applied? Should you do it yourself? Or are there places in town that offer touch-ups? Or what about advice on how to "damage proof" your lock, so that it doesn't scrape yr lovely shiny frame everytime you lock up? Thanks so much for your help!

On a sort-of related note, in response to my question asking ppl how they clean their bikes, Emily Wilson has organised a bike cleaning demonstration this weekend where you can see how the experts do it! I'm thinking about putting together a basic leaflet for new cyclists, commuters etc, giving people information about the basics of how to clean and look after their bikes during the wet winter months, so any additional input would be welcome! Here are the class deets -

>>Hey all!

>>All this advice on cleaning your bike is great, but sometimes its just
nice to see it done or actually chat about the basics with others.

>>Toward that end, I have organized a bike cleaning demo by Kim Bui, who
was part of the first group of CCC staffers to detail bikes at Cycle
Oregon. Kim will clean a bike, showing you the basics, and we can all
share ideas about methods we like.

>>Not only is it nice to have a sparkly bike (and a stout lock), but
dirt, dust and grime cause extra wear and tear on bike components,
making them wear out faster, so you have to replace them more often.
Its easier to keep your bike clean in the warm dry weather of summer,
but soon enough we'll have wet weather when the rain seems to transfer
all the road grime to your bike! So come learn some techniques to
keep your ride smooth!

>>This Saturday September 30th
4pm
4017 NE Rodney (just in from the corner of NE Shaver and Rodney)
come into the backyard via the gate under the chestnut tree.

Kirsty x

monsieurcris
09-27-2006, 11:44 AM
I cut a piece out of an old tube to put over the "U" part of my ulock. It cushions and doesnt scrape my paint now, and since the flat part is already covered in rubber I dont worry about it anymore. Also on one of the other threads (I think) someone said to use fingernail polish to touch up paint. It comes in many colors and many more shades of all those colors, and the girls at a store could probably help you match colors as well.

donnambr
09-27-2006, 09:44 PM
For those of us who are allergic to inner tubes, try wrapping with electrical tape.

jeff
09-29-2006, 09:18 AM
[QUOTE=kirsty;1897]
Does anybody have any advice on touching up chipped paint areas on bike frames?... Does anybody have any help or advice to offer on what type of paint to use & how it should be applied?

I've got something i clipped from Bicycling magazine a few years back (November 2001) - if you're really interested i could scan & send it to you -

cranky_pedaller
10-12-2006, 02:26 PM
For those of us who are allergic to inner tubes, try wrapping with electrical tape.

wow... that's gotta suck :(

Sutherland
11-01-2006, 06:21 AM
Try automotive touchup paint--watch cars on the road until you see the color you like, and ask a dealer for that brand. Touchup paint is packaged in small bottles with brush in the cap. It's perfect for small spots. Both my very old blue Guerciotti and newer yellow Co Motion have touchup by Chevrolet!

vseven
11-01-2006, 08:42 AM
I bought touch up paint from Co-Motion Cycles for $25

When I have a ding or scratch on my on my steel bike I apply clear nail polish as soon as possible to prevent rust. When I am ready to touch up the paint I first clean the area with alcohol then very lightly sand the edges around the chipped paint with an emery board or the finest sandpaper I can find. I use a light hand when applying the paint, a little goes a long ways. I usually let it dry 48 hrs but I have been told 24 is sufficient.

Revolver
11-05-2006, 09:46 PM
I have had a lot of luck fixing scratches and dings, etc. with Testor's model paint from hobby shops. Lots of colors and easy to use. If you feel like nerding out a bit, sand between coats to reduce the noticable difference between the original paint and the nicked spot.