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Old 02-08-14, 12:48 PM   #1
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Touchup 'paint' for Trek Superfly

I have a 2102 Trek Superfly in Nude Carbon. The paint/gel coat is incredibly fragile on it. In recommendations for the touch up on the Nude Carbon as well as the white decals.
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Old 02-08-14, 07:00 PM   #2
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1. ride it and don't worry about it.

2. ride it and don't worry about it, but after covering the sensitive areas with clear protective tape

3. get to your closest store with a large selection of nail polish. i'm sure you can figure it out from there.

4. some combination of the above.
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1. ride it and don't worry about it.

2. ride it and don't worry about it, but after covering the sensitive areas with clear protective tape

3. get to your closest store with a large selection of nail polish. i'm sure you can figure it out from there.

4. some combination of the above.
The major blemishes are from bike rakes and the one on the base color is pretty bad. For some reason that year was especially bad for fragile paint. The 2010 and my Madone held up much better. Even cable rub after two weeks are almost all the way through the gel coat.
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The major blemishes are from bike rakes and the one on the base color is pretty bad. For some reason that year was especially bad for fragile paint. The 2010 and my Madone held up much better. Even cable rub after two weeks are almost all the way through the gel coat.
Then don't worry about touch up paint - you need something to prevent the rub in the first place.

Get a big roll or sheet of sticky back Velcro and use the fuzzy side. Cut it to fit the spots where cables rub. Cut other chunks to fit over spots where you find your frame prone to getting gouged up. Not invisible, but blends fairly well with black carbon. I've got a mix of that and mastic tape covering the scratch and rub prone areas on my Blur TRc - works really well.

There are several kinds of various clear stick on things you can use to do the same thing. YMMV.
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Then don't worry about touch up paint - you need something to prevent the rub in the first place.

Get a big roll or sheet of sticky back Velcro and use the fuzzy side. Cut it to fit the spots where cables rub. Cut other chunks to fit over spots where you find your frame prone to getting gouged up. Not invisible, but blends fairly well with black carbon. I've got a mix of that and mastic tape covering the scratch and rub prone areas on my Blur TRc - works really well.

There are several kinds of various clear stick on things you can use to do the same thing. YMMV.
Did that in week 2 after noticing the cable rub. Unfortunately after a trip on truck rack there is a huge (1x3 in.) rub spot on the side of the head tube and trying to touch that up.
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