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Old 09-14-05, 04:46 PM   #1
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I reciently bought a 2003 Norco Screamer (orange) from somebody. I really like the bike and planning to keep it for a long time, but if i want to keep it I should have it in top notch shape AND have it look good.
On the bike, there are a nice bit of chips, and this is not from hard biking either, its from mal-treatment. This thing has had the fudge kicked out of it (again, from bad treatment of the bike). Is there good touch-up paint around or anything else that can repair/coverup these chips? Here are some pictures:










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Old 09-14-05, 05:05 PM   #2
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Dude, the bike looks fine in the zoom-out
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Old 09-14-05, 05:09 PM   #3
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well, thats only one side of the bike, plus the flash distorts it (theres alot you cannot see, theres scrapes, scratches, chips, etc ALL over the bike) . But if you go up to it in person, you will notice them. I spent alot of money into the bike, and I want to show that i take care of my things.
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Matching the color of the paint is going to be tough. I'm going to assume that the frame is AL, so rust isn't an issue with bare metal so the advantages of touch up paint are for looks only really. Short of a completely new paint-job, I'd say try to find a small bottle of paint that has an orange color that is as close as you can get to your paint and hit the biggest paint nicks and then give it a good coat of wax to protect the frame. After all it is a mountain bike and isn't meant to be a perfectly clean show car.
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Mix colors on a palette until you get a match - it's easy! I touch up my frame regularly, and it looks like new from a foot away. I use Testors model paint or Auto-Zone auto touch up paint. On primary-color frames, I've also had good luck with paint markers.
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Why don't you contact Norco and ask them if they have touch up paint for that bike.

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Take the bike down to an auto paint supply house and see if they can match the color.
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Why not just strip it down (seems likely anyway) and re-paint the whole thing? Parts washer, some tune-up bits, and you'll have a virtually new bike.
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I'm not overly fond of touching up paint chips. Unless you get the color match absolutely PERFECT, you might as well touch it up with green paint. A less than perfect color match will draw your eye to the chip and, to me at least, it looks worse than just leaving it alone.

I have an aluminum road bike that has a beautiful fade paint job and a tandem that has high-tech shadeshifter paint. Obviously, it would be impossible to touch up either bike. I generally just daub some clear nail polish on the dings to protect the metal and leave well enough alone.
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I'm not overly fond of touching up paint chips. Unless you get the color match absolutely PERFECT, you might as well touch it up with green paint. A less than perfect color match will draw your eye to the chip and, to me at least, it looks worse than just leaving it alone.
This is good advice. my favorite steel road bike has touch-up paint all over it and it looks like hell. from ten feet she's a beaut, but up close . . . let's just say I wish I had thought of the clear nail polish. anyway, steel is different than AL. I 'd leave it.
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