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Old 08-29-06, 12:59 AM   #1
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Paint Chips on Frame

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I just recently bought an used 2002 Specialized HardRock Comp. I really like the bike, especially the red color and all. It does have several paint chips, mostly tiny ones that don't feel too worried about. But there are a couple of decent size ones on the front tubing that holds the headset where the logo is. The concern I have with those is that it looks as if the chips have worn down to the metal so I'm worried about any possible rust or corrosion.

Is that something I need to be concerned with, besides the appearance of the chips? Will they rust and/or damage the frame in terms of structural stability, etc?

How would you manage these chips? And in terms of aesthetics do you use paint or decals to cover them up?

Thanks so much!
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Old 08-29-06, 01:13 AM   #2
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nah, my whole chainstay was speckled with chips after I brought it home from the shop and they havn't grown or anything. let alone rusted. I made some huge 2 inch scratches (accidently) from falling off a 6 ft wall and they're fine too
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Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

How long ago were those chips? Is there something that you're going to do about them or just let them be?

Also, since the bigger chips (that show the metal) are in a more obvious place where the front "S" logo is, any ideas on a cover up?

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chips were about 6 months ago and maybe nail polish? I heard some people in the roadie forum use it for touch ups, maybe gap filler...
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You might look at the testers model paints to see if you can match the color. They've held up great for me.
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You needn't worry too much about your chips since your frame is aluminum. As for touching them up, I've used automobile touch-up paint, though Testers or nail polish will work fine if you can find the right color.
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Hi,

Thanks for really easing my concerns. I like the bike and really don't mind the paint chips except for the bigger ones that show the metal. If I leave them alone do you think I would have to worry about the chips getting larger? In that case, I should touch them up then, right?

In terms of paint color, do I just bring the bike up to the counter or is there a better way of finding the right color?

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