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Old 08-24-11, 05:05 PM   #1
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Paint Chipped on Surly Pacer

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I have a Surly Pacer I picked up second hand. I believe a small chip in the paint on the downtube of the frame may have occurred from transporting the bicycle on my roof rack, or perhaps from a ride (really not sure). I emailed the manufacturer, but was curious as to what solutions you guys might suggest. My friend thought I could get the paint codes from Surly, and cover a touchup paint spot with clear nail polish, like a clearcoat. But honestly, how many different types of black paint could there be?

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Old 08-24-11, 08:17 PM   #2
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What color is that, black gloss?

Surly ownership generally does not connote fastidiousness over chipped paint, so I'm not surprised at your getting no reply. I would clean that wound, removing all rust, contaminants and paint flakes, and touch up with a nail polish that's as close a match to the original paint you can get. It's black. You shouldn't have any problem in the cosmetics section of Target or Wal-Mart.
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Another source of touch-up paint is Testors Model Paint available in any hobby shop in a huge range of colors. Either it or nail polish will work fine. AFAIK, Surly does not use a clearcoat over their color coat. My Cross Check certainly doesn't have any clearcoat.
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Some years ago a body shop owner told me there was only one color of black. Yes, there might be different glosses, but only one shade. Get some Testors paint or go to an auto parts place and get a container of auto black. You can use polishing compound to blend it in.
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I have a Surly Pacer I picked up second hand
So, put some touchup on any color or none.. on..
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There are zillions of different blacks, just look automotive industry color codes. This is what I would do if I was you, sand it, and put any type of black paint in there and done. Is so little that probably nobody will notice anyways.
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OPI (nail polish company) has a color called "Midnight in Manhattan". I'm sure it would do the trick. That's the kind of important knowledge I've gained by having girls.
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OPI (nail polish company) has a color called "Midnight in Manhattan". I'm sure it would do the trick. That's the kind of important knowledge I've gained by having girls.
We get knowledge wherever we can find it.

I'm trying to find the right match for Masi cream-of-tomato orange in the nail polish department at Ulta.
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Auto touch-up paint with the brush connected to the cap is handy.
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Thanks for the replys. The answer didn't seem so obvious as just sanding it and repainting it but I guess I'll do that next time I can pick up some nail polish or hobby shop paint.
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Surly got back to me. I just thought I'd follow up with their suggestion to update the thread.

"Nail polish, Testors enamel model paint, or even a Sharpie will work. The rust that happens on exposed steel is just surface stuff and will not cause damage unless you just leave it that way for years. Cover it up and you’ll be fine."
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I have a gloss black Raleigh ('79) and I've used Testor's to touch up chips and scratches, with some success - but it's a little too thick and never completely smooths out. I wish there was a better way. Next time I might try thinning it.
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