Classic & Vintage - Paint touch up on Chromed Raleigh
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04-15-09, 04:46 PM
I have a 1976 Raleigh International which is full 531 tubing. It is all chromed with orange translucent paint on it except for the lower fork, chainstays, and seatstays. There are some chips and scratches in the paint and I would like to fix it. How would i do so? I already went to Home Depot and had them color match the paint but they don't make translucent paint. What would you all do?
Also i will be polishing the chrome lugs as well to make it super nice.
04-15-09, 05:04 PM
I may be wrong here.... but i'm thinking the Raleigh Internationals were not fully chromed. I think the paint is a "candy color" which uses a silver base to create the effect. I could be wrong though.
How bad is the paint on your bike? Nail polish works good for small nicks and scratches.
04-15-09, 06:13 PM
Hobby shops sell Kandy paints for model cars. I remember one called "Tahitian Orange" that might work for you.
04-16-09, 06:04 AM
I was under the impression that the tubes where fully chromed before being painted but i am not totally sure of that. Is there anyway to find out? This is the model and color I have:
If it isn't fully chromed, I assume nail polish or the model car paint would work well. Thank you for those suggestions. If it is chromed, will they still work or will i need translucent paint so the touch ups don't stick out?
On another note, where could i get new decals for it? I found the Reynolds tubing decals on ebay but i can't find a new set of International decals.
04-17-09, 12:10 AM
Well, I have a Raleigh Professional of the same era, also had a Competition G.S of the same era and neither of them were chromed under the paint. Look carefully at the scratches to see if it's chromed, but I doubt it.
Do you have pictures of your bike?
04-17-09, 12:40 AM
I've seen two Internationals in person, neither are chrome under the paint. Fellow that owns these two recently acquired a third, and far as I know, it is also paint w/no full-chrome job under the paint save for the dipped headtube.
You can probably find some decals at cyclomondo's ebay store, he makes a lot!
04-18-09, 09:53 PM
Thanks for the input. So since it isn't chromed, what should i use to touch it up? Just normal hobby paint like Testors?
evwxxx, thanks for that link. He has what i need.
Testors or even fingernail polish can be used for small touchups.
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