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Old 06-27-10, 07:38 PM   #1
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Frame discoloration from contact with rubber

I've had a fairly new bike (Ridley Crossbow, if you must know) hanging up in storage for a few months using a rubber strap. The strap is one of the black rubber straps with S-hooks on it, stamped with "EPDM" strap (available at any hardware or automotive store). Where the rubber touched the pretty blue frame I now have a yellow-ish discoloration. It doesn't feel any different and doesn't seem like a residue to the touch. Anybody seen this, or know if it can be cleaned? Have I permanently disfigured the paint on my frame? Thanks for anyone who has any clues.
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Old 06-27-10, 08:20 PM   #2
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I forget exactly what it is about the rubber, but certain rubber will damage paint as you have seen. I had it happen to a bike as a result of rubber straps that were part of a bike rack (!). I don't think there's anything easy you can do to repair it. Get some polishing compound, which is a very fine abrasive, and very gently apply to a discolored area that will not show. See if you can remove the discolored paint without removing too much. I believe that removing the paint abrasively is the only fix.
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Old 06-27-10, 08:32 PM   #3
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Have I permanently disfigured the paint on my frame?
Don't think of it as permanently disfiguring your frame. Think of it as adding character to it.
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Old 06-27-10, 08:49 PM   #4
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stamped with "EPDM" strap
Oh man, now you've done it. That means "Especially Permanent Disfiguring Material". Nasty stuff.
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Old 06-28-10, 10:33 AM   #5
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Don't think of it as permanently disfiguring your frame. Think of it as adding character to it.
Yeah. Once you learn to do this, seeing a pristine, unscarred, perfectly cleaned and polished bike is sort of sad. Every scuff and scratch holds a memory, even if it's only, "How come I was dumb enough to hang this thing with a rubber strap?"
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Yeah. Once you learn to do this, seeing a pristine, unscarred, perfectly cleaned and polished bike is sort of sad. Every scuff and scratch holds a memory, even if it's only, "How come I was dumb enough to hang this thing with a rubber strap?"
Sounds good in theory. How come I can't make it happen every time I see the scuff in the top tube of my cross bike? LOL
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I wouldn't mind the discoloration except for the fact that I am looking to sell it...I dont use the bike to its full potential, and want such a nice cross bike to go to someone who WILL put some well-deserved scuffs on it.
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