Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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It's a bike, it's SUPPOSED to look like you ride it. And the next person who starts a post with "So" is going to explode, so watch that.
If you can't stand not to touch it up, though, you can often find matches in the nail polish section of a large chain drug store near a middle school. Comes with its own brush and dries in about a minute. Back when I used to care about that, I found a near-perfect match for my metallic orange Rambouillet at CVS. And the model paint Testor's makes for the interiors of Russian military vehicles is perfect for my Atlantis (the Testor's web site lists hundreds of colors you'll never find in stores).
One trick that helps get a smooth finish is to lay the bike so the chip faces up, then fill the gap with paint (several light coats are better than a big gob). When it's really, really dry, rub it out with FINE sandpaper, polishing compound or whatever seens appropriate. But it's not worth the trouble. The aluminum isn't going to corrode enough to matter before it fatigues and falls apart, and if you spend too much time thinking about this, your bike is riding you.