Last edited by ddac; 09-20-09 at 11:08 AM.
Silver paint is hard to match. If I cared enough, I'd walk the bike through a large parking lot and compare the paint on the bike to that on every silver car there. Find the perfect match, note the make and model (and year?) of the car, then go to the car parts store and see if they have it; or find it on the internet.
I said IF, though. I wouldn't bother. I'm proud of my bike's battle scars and other natural signs of aging. Judging by the looks I get, I suspect people are whispering to one another something like "look what that nasty man has done to that cute little bike!" I don't care what they think!
With spots as large as yours, you will almost certainly see the touchup job, even if your paint was a spot-on match. If it's going to be locked up, you'll almost certainly get more of the same paint damage. I would just find some silver that was close and do the best I could. Don't plan on it lasting, though. Touchup paint is pretty weak and won't hold up in large patches.
I wonder if a material like the material for the invisible bra from 3M can be used to cover up a bike and protect it from scratches. Downside to this is the cost and added weight. Weight weenies need not apply.
"Of all the things I like bestos, I like asbestos." - A co-worker
Id just grab a bunch of cool stickers and throw those over the chips on the flats. For the rest I guess some paint would work fine.
Might be cool too get a totally different color like gold and highlight the damage. Look kinda sweet I think--well ugly in a sweet kind of way
IMO to make an ugly old bie nice you have two choices:
1) rework the whole thing. This is expensive but can look sweet.
2) make it even uglier with your own artistic talent( the less talent the better). This is cheap and adds character. People will notice your bike and say hey that bike looks like HELL. The thing is people will actually see your bike
Rusted chain, mangled, corroded cables, missing grips... and you're concerned about paint ?
IMO, If I cared about how the bike looked, I wouldn't touch up paint that far gone, I'd go for a full powdercoat.
I brought my fork to the hobby shop and bought a couple shades of Testor's silver model paint that were close. I then also bought some plain black and some plain white. Adding black to the silver will darken it and adding white will lighten it. Each time that I would adjust the color, I would brush a small dab onto the steerer portion of the fork. to compare it to the factory paint. I cleaned all those test spots off when I was happy with the mix, but it wouldn't have been visible anyhow, inside the head tube.
I also experimented with darkening some silver automotive paint with the black model paint. It did not seem to mix very well at all. I'm guessing that they use incompatible solvents or something. The model paints mixed pretty well.
Don't bother with brushing on spray paint. It's such a PITA to do it without making a mess. Just get some model paint.
I went to the auto parts store and bought some touch-up paint and dabbed it over all the nicks on my frame. It's not a perfect match, but it helps to protect the frame. They have some little bottles of the stuff where you can either use a small brush that's included or flip it over and it has a spray. It's about the size of a small butane cannister. And if I were you, judging from those pictures. I'd learn how to replace my cables. That one that's all rusted looking is about shot. Get a toothbrush and scrub your derailleur, and clean that chain. If you want your bike to last then keep the drivetrain clean.
Last edited by scoatw; 09-18-09 at 03:29 PM.
I have done nail polish twice...both bought at walgreens after testing some dabs of color on my fingernail and walking back outside to compare
The first time worked great...the metalic blue matched pretty well and was opaque...from a few feet away you can't even tell it was touched up, much less with a different color.
The second time was garbage...the nail polish is the right color but it does not have anywhere near enough pigment...it is a bright red but I think it is cheaper than the other polish I used. It looks good on a fingernail but when the background is dark/rusty metal, it just tints it a little red.
Are you sure you still ride that bike?
When my best friend dented her Cannondale (some weird model with ground-down welds and a polished instead of painted finish, maybe 15 years old, with 7-speed components), she put a Band-Aid on it and rode it that way for years. I'd recommend it; it was pretty cute.