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    Brompton touch-up paint

    Love my new Brompton! But... the paint has bubbled up in a couple of places. It's really nothing big but since it's a new bike and still under warranty, I wonder if the folks at Brompton might be induced to send me a free bottle of touch-up paint.

    What do you think? Would it be cheeky of me to ask them for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Love my new Brompton! But... the paint has bubbled up in a couple of places. It's really nothing big but since it's a new bike and still under warranty, I wonder if the folks at Brompton might be induced to send me a free bottle of touch-up paint.

    What do you think? Would it be cheeky of me to ask them for this?
    Take a picture and send it to them. I don't see a downside...
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    That's the least they could do. I'd expect a frame that'd been properly painted in the first place & therefore a replacement under warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chagzuki View Post
    That's the least they could do. I'd expect a frame that'd been properly painted in the first place & therefore a replacement under warranty.
    I agree, and I was going to post something similar.

    Ekdog,
    If the paint has "bubbled up", that's an indication of either poor surface preparation of the metal before the paint was applied, or rust (which I doubt it's rusting at this point). That said, while Brompton makes high quality, hand crafted bikes, you should call them out on this issue... take detailed photos of the problem areas and email them asking what they intend to do / recommend to do to fix the problem.

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    Thanks for the replies. As you can see, the blemishes are quite small, but I think I'll take your advice and mention them to Brompton.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/v3ar6mriez...0Blemishes.jpg

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    AFAIK, currently its powder coating, not paint.. might be a foreign object in the melted powder

    touch up is ground , the same, powder, in lacquer, that dries.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 03-16-13 at 01:53 AM.

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    My first Brompton had rub patches after three years where the cable runs touched the frame. For my second one I applied clear patches to protect the associated areas as soon as I purchased it. As one Brompton is Black and the other White, finding touch up paint is not a problem. An advantage of my Ti model of course is there is no paint on the frame extremities anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrysimon View Post
    My first Brompton had rub patches after three years where the cable runs touched the frame. For my second one I applied clear patches to protect the associated areas as soon as I purchased it. As one Brompton is Black and the other White, finding touch up paint is not a problem. An advantage of my Ti model of course is there is no paint on the frame extremities anyway

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    Ohhh, nice colour, Ekdog! Will we see some more pics of the whole bike? Pretty please? ;-)

    I would be complaining about the paint for sure. It's a brand new, high quality, expensive bike - there shouldn't be any problems with it. Bottle of touch-up paint is not quite enough, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post
    Ohhh, nice colour, Ekdog! Will we see some more pics of the whole bike? Pretty please? ;-)

    I would be complaining about the paint for sure. It's a brand new, high quality, expensive bike - there shouldn't be any problems with it. Bottle of touch-up paint is not quite enough, in my opinion.
    Yeah, I've got to get out and do some riding and take some pictures. I've been really busy of late.

    Brompton turned me down on the paint. They said the blemishes are chips and implied I did it. :-( Oh, well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Yeah, I've got to get out and do some riding and take some pictures. I've been really busy of late.

    Brompton turned me down on the paint. They said the blemishes are chips and implied I did it. :-( Oh, well...
    Oh, that's not very nice! How many days have you had the bike? Tell them the shipping date, or ask the dealer to help you deal with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucille View Post
    Oh, that's not very nice! How many days have you had the bike? Tell them the shipping date, or ask the dealer to help you deal with them.
    Well, to tell the truth, I'm not 100% sure I didn't cause the damage. I noticed it about a week after I took delivery of the bike. I think I'll just put out the 15 euros or whatever it is and buy the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Well, to tell the truth, I'm not 100% sure I didn't cause the damage. I noticed it about a week after I took delivery of the bike. I think I'll just put out the 15 euros or whatever it is and buy the paint.
    :-(

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    To be honest, it looks like chipped paint to me also, unless you're talking about the area at the hinge that looks like you have tape over it.

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