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    Bringing that waxy frame feel back?

    Hey all,

    I'm finally washing my bike down. I noticed that the finish on the frame isn't as 'waxy' as it used to be. I have this bottle of Pedros Bike Lust that came with my cleaning kit. But I just reading a MTBR.com user review saying that it isn't that great. So should I go with some sort of auto wax (if so, which do you guys recommend?) or just use the Bike Lust?

    I also have some chips in the paint from rocks or something, or a crappy bike rack, how should I deal with those?

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    If it really bugs you that much, you might need to get a complete repaint. Strip and powdercoat with a clearcoat on top.

    My bike especially, the paint chips extremely easily and it is quite annoying.
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    Jus' go with the Pedros ... and apply a couple of coats.

    Apply coat 1, let dry, buff off.

    Apply coat 2, let dry, buff off.

    Etc.

    Really, really ... automotive (/bike/paint/boat) waxes--like lubes (AAAHHH!)--are just not that different. You find a good one. You use it often enough. You're okay....

    Chips? Do you know how to fix paint chips on a car? Sanding, feathering edges, priming, painting?? If not, just do a google search for repairing paint chips.

    Here's one. Lots and lots of 'em out there...

    http://autorepair.about.com/cs/doity.../aa110803a.htm

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    I use a car wax, just because I have always have some laying around. Because the frame of bike are small you can apply a couple coats of wax in no time

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    I use a chrome polish first--Blue Magic Metal Polish--that works really well for removing oxidation from metals (esp aluminum, but also off the top of a painted frame.) I've been told to be careful because that stuff can destroy decals, but I've never had a problem with that. After using the polish, then I do one or two courts of car wax (I use Turtle Wax, but I just bought that because it's cheap.) I find this system really brings out the deep luster of some paints. The chrome polish really helps, and my understanding also is that if you do this on a regular basis, it's a good way of protecting your paint/frame from degradation/oxidation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joony
    ...I also have some chips in the paint from rocks or something, or a crappy bike rack, how should I deal with those?
    Hi Joony!

    If your bike is white, black, or red, Testors makes a really nice trio of paint markers (like Marks-A-Lot but with paint in them). These are GREAT for chip touch-up. If your bike is a different color, visit the local auto store & ask them to help you find a touch-up paint bottle with a small brush (like a fingernail painting brush) that will do.

    As for waxing finishes, all the previous posters have covered it well. I'll add a simple trick that will keep the bike looking sharp between waxings, though - Get a can of spray furniture polish and a rag. Spray the polish on the rag and wipe the bike. This not only removes dust & dirt, but also makes the paint shine like it's "wet." Fast, cheap, and VERY effective!

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Hi Joony!

    If your bike is white, black, or red, Testors makes a really nice trio of paint markers (like Marks-A-Lot but with paint in them). These are GREAT for chip touch-up. If your bike is a different color, visit the local auto store & ask them to help you find a touch-up paint bottle with a small brush (like a fingernail painting brush) that will do.

    Nice one. I just tried using some Dupli-color spray stuff, but the color was so off, and now I'm going to have to do some fine sanding. More work I don't really want to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon

    As for waxing finishes, all the previous posters have covered it well. I'll add a simple trick that will keep the bike looking sharp between waxings, though - Get a can of spray furniture polish and a rag. Spray the polish on the rag and wipe the bike. This not only removes dust & dirt, but also makes the paint shine like it's "wet." Fast, cheap, and VERY effective!

    Enjoy!
    Great tip. I'm going to go get some of that spray furniture polish.

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    Meguiars mirror glaze also gives a wet look.
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