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Here is my techique for "keeping up appearances" on both of my folding bikes since they are far more prone to nicks and scratches than my other regular bikes were.
I go to a local model train store (a hobby store, crafts store, auto paint store, large discount center like Target or Walmart, will do fine) and bought some paint made for metal application and turpentine to thin the paint and clean the brush.
Here is what I do:
Matching Paint made for metal work
smaller fine brush (end should be small enough to cover smaller areas)
newspaper or drop cloth (to protect work area)
Bond typing or computer paper to test paint and to clean brush after
1. I check the frame periodically for some dings or scratches.
2. If there is some damage, I correct the problem right away before rust sets in.
3. I pour a small amount of paint into the cap. With my brush I check to see if the paint is too thin (runny like water and would not stay put on frame-let dry a little bit-but not too long) or too thick (can't be moved about or poured easily- dab a little turpentine with the brush to gently thin it to the right consistency)
4. Test the paint by loading your brush up with paint and paint the bond paper first before you actually go on the frame
5. Then load up your brush and quickly fill in the damaged area with paint, taking care to blend the edges for a smooth effect.
6. Clean brush with the turpentine by working it out of the hairs by dipping the paper towel in the turpentine, then wiping the brush in the paper towel, switching to and "paint" the bond paper until the paint is cleaned off the brush and the paint no longer shows up on the bond paper. When the paint is all worked out shape the brush into it's original shape and let dry. Store the brush in a protected area like a clean plastic bag. Let stand overnight (about 24 hours). Repeat steps 3-5 until the paint is level with the surrounding undamaged original paint job.