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Old 04-07-11, 03:13 PM   #1
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Touch-up paint

What's a good touch-up paint to cover small rust spots and bare metal spots on old steel frames?
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Old 04-07-11, 05:19 PM   #2
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Ride your bike to a hobby store and try to match the bike paint with Testors enamel. You might need to purchase 2 bottles to mix for matching the paint colour. Half an ounce is probably all the volume of paint you need so a bottle of Testors works great, even if it is $4 per bottle.

In Canada, we have a paint called "Trem Clad" that comes in spray cans and 8 oz cans of brush on. Lots of colours to choose from. In the US, a similar paint is called "Rustoleum" or something like that. You can sand the scratch smooth before you paint, but you don't need to sand down to bare metal unless you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, in which case you will probably want to do 4 coats after primer, and sanding between coats with progressively finer emory paper, finishing with a clear coat.

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Auto parts stores are a good source for touch up paint.
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Finger nail polish. The store next to our shop lets us bring in the bikes to try and match them up as the dealer paint is only available that year and is nearly $9.00 for a much smaller bottle.
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