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Old 01-26-06, 12:55 PM   #1
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hey JAMIS -- sucky paint problems

Again, a Jamis Nova issue--and judging from online reviews of the '01 model, a persistent one.

the Nova LOOKS really nice-- green, silver, and black paint with a pimping glossy clear-coat, but after a week of normal (no trail-bombing) mixed road-and-path riding, it has more chips in it than a bag of lays--ALL the pressure points have chips (BB bracket, rear and front dropouts, seatpost collar), as well as several on the main tubes and stays.

The question: as the Nova is Reynolds steel, I assume the chips will result in rust and frame deterioration over time. As I'm trying to make this my long-term primary bike, does anyone know what the best way to cover up the chips would be? Testors model paint? car wax? clear nail polish? Do bike companies issue touch-up paint?

I don't understand for the life of me why a company putting out a bike model explicitly for the mud-and-destruction world of cyclocross would choose such fragile paint.
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i use nailpolish to touch up chipped paint/powder on my steel frames. no real problems, cheeeep, and a wide variety of colors are available at the local store.
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Old 01-26-06, 02:10 PM   #3
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yup, nail polish will seal the chips well. I'd wax the frame real well too in order to give the entire frame some protection personally. but that's me.
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Originally Posted by comradehoser
As I'm trying to make this my long-term primary bike.
Have it re-painted.
Get it either powdercoated or one primary color easily touched up by masking and a rattle can.
I spray my chromoly bike more than twice a year, masking a few spots that get constant wear\hits.

You could try a few coats of carwax?

It's maybe that the primer didn't stick to the bare metal. Metal has to be very clean to get the bond.
Same if you re-paint the bike, it must be cleaned of oils\oxide before primer paint.
Since the paints not so thick or bonded to the steel, an application of 3M stripper will have the old paint peeling off easily.

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Yep, Jamis' paints are sort of week. Their bike are nice though and usually great values. Plus they still produce a bunch of steel bikes. All the bikes at home are steel so I have a good selection of nail polish to touch up scratches. It works well.
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