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    Moltini Orange touch up...

    Like an idiot I was in a hurry to do a quick repair (handle bar swap actually) and accidentally chipped the paint on my steel/chrome fork. I already have a few spots on the frame from normal riding but for some reason the ones on the fork from my ham fisted wrenching bothers me. The spots are slightly bigger than a pin head but I'd still like to touch them up. Does anyone have a good source or know of a good match for touch up (testors, nail polish, etc..)? Here is a pic of the color:


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    A local hobby shop has small bottles of "model paint" (Testors, I believe) in a bewildering variety of colors. When I was looking for touch-up for my Co-Motion I actually wheeled the bike into the store and compared the colors until I found the best match.

    Wal-Mart also has nail polish in an equally weird range of colors and you might luck into something suitable there too.

    If you want an exact match, some auto supply stores have a computer color matching system to custom make paints for repainting panels after crash damage replacement. I don't think they will make up the small amounts you need but, if you are willing to buy a gallon of paint, that's a possibility too.

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    If the touch up doesn't match EXACTLY you might as well paint it green because the touch up stands out like a sore thumb. I've taken to covering nicks with clear nail polish. It's less obtrusive looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    A local hobby shop has small bottles of "model paint" (Testors, I believe) in a bewildering variety of colors.
    I did exactly this with an old Eddie frame that I was converting into a fixed gear trainer. I found a yellow colour from a Belgian train caboose that matched exactly.

    I'd start there.

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    Thanks. I've already done the Hell*Mart finger nail polish route, either too dark or too light. I'm trying to avoid having to mix paints if I don't have too. I guess I was hoping to hear something like "Revlon molten citrus love #6" was a perfect match...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramjm_2000 View Post
    Thanks. I've already done the Hell*Mart finger nail polish route, either too dark or too light. I'm trying to avoid having to mix paints if I don't have too. I guess I was hoping to hear something like "Revlon molten citrus love #6" was a perfect match...
    Automobile paints have color numbers that you can match in most auto parts stores. Unfortunately, bike manufacturers don't use these stock colors unless you are dealing with a custom maker or paint shop that used a standard auto paint.

    For a newer bike sometimes the manufacturer can provide touch up color. For something older, you are at the mercy of the hobby shops or what ever you can cobble up.

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