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Old 08-27-2012, 06:35 PM
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Default Protecting paint

So finally got a new bike, and I have ridden it once and I already has a scratch. Is there any thing I can put on it to prevent scratches?
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:38 PM
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Cheap: tape
Expensive: automotive body shop clear coating.

Also, a bike untouched will be discovered with new scratches in the same way that carefully stored Christmas lights will always be found a tangled mass - no matter what.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:15 PM
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Lightbulb Cover it...

I use retroreflective films to protect my bike's finish, both from the elements, and from night-time motorists.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:26 AM
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Cheap: tape
Expensive: automotive body shop clear coating.
agreed...

I've seen bikes advertised with clear tape protecting the finish... can't find the exact name of the tape right now though... probably some kind of polyethylene tape...

you can also spray on some coats of clear... easy, but may look rough if you don't wet-sand it down...

you'd probably be safe putting some thick clear tape on the straight tubes... make sure you get something that's UV resistive since it'll probably be in the sun...
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:18 AM
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I personally think bikes want to get dirty and become well-worn with scratches. You are honoring your bicycle by allowing this to happen.

Seriously, though, if you have shift cables that sit around your head tube and rub when you turn your handlebars, make sure you have some sort of clear sticker under them to prevent the paint from wearing off. For whatever reason my bike didn't come with them, and I wish I had put a pair of these on them early on:

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...le-rub-patches

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I personally think bikes want to get dirty and become well-worn with scratches. You are honoring your bicycle by allowing this to happen.
What about the dishonor one does to their steel frame by allowing rust inviting scratches?
Can't you hear the steel frame cry out in fear and embarrassment "Quick! Cover my shame!" ?
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I use retroreflective films to protect my bike's finish, both from the elements, and from night-time motorists.
I do wish the electroluminescent film sheets were cheaper, brighter and more durable.
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