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Old 08-15-10, 11:03 PM   #1
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Touch-Up Paint? Help!

I have a Scattante X330 cyclocross that I bought from Performance Bike. I have no idea where to find touch up paint for it... any help would be appreciated. I've ended up with a few scratches here and there and am afraid the aluminum frame will corrode or something, so I wanted to clean and paint over the scratches. Any help as to method and where to find the paint would be great! Thanks everyone.

Here's the link to the bike image so you can see the color of blue.
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...archTerm=x-330
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Old 08-15-10, 11:06 PM   #2
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You could take the bike to a hardware store and use the paint cards to try and match the colour.
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or go to your auto store and find a touch-up stick that's close. Or, to your Ladies Store for a bottle of nail polish, or until you find the right stuff, a coat of clear nail polish.

Or to an auto paint shop, who can mix up a matched pint of what ever you want to cover the wee scratch. Or, email the manufacturer.

My blue MTB got a couple of touch-ups of almost perfect blue nail polish I found in the local flea market.

Looks terrible on my nails, though.
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...a coat of clear nail polish.


This is the way to go! Although the aluminum won't corrode, it is not a bad idea to coat it. However, you will be hard pressed to find a close match--even one that looks good in some conditions will look wrong in other lighting. Clear nail polish is definitely the best way to go (and cheapest!)
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I give a 10 for creativity! My bike have some bad scratches too, and I'm thinking about just getting the whole thing a completely new make over.
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Tension do not use spray can from the hardware store because it will take 1 month atl east for that pain to cure. If you want to re spray the bike start thinking in Powder coating of maybe car polyurethane paint, that is the only thing that will stand fine.
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Both nail polish and model paints (any hobby shop) are available in a huge range of colors and you should be able to find a close, if not perfect, match. Since the bike got scratched the first time, it's likely to get scratched some more so the touch-up paint is more to cover the bare metal than to make the appearance like-new.
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you will be hard pressed to find a close match--even one that looks good in some conditions will look wrong in other lighting. Clear nail polish is definitely the best way to go (and cheapest!)
That's what I think too. When you're trying to match color there's "perfect match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" draws your eye to the blemish and looks worse than the untreated scratch.
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