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Old 10-27-10, 07:21 AM   #1
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Scratches on a Steel Frame

Is there any danger towards leaving deep scratches in steel exposed like in the attached images? Do I run the risk of rust, etc. if I don't cover these up? What's the easiest way to protect a bike that's been scratched like this?
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I've heard clear nail polish suggested as a fix to keep it from rusting.
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Is there any danger towards leaving deep scratches in steel exposed like in the attached images? Do I run the risk of rust, etc. if I don't cover these up? What's the easiest way to protect a bike that's been scratched like this?
Top one is already rusting. Clean it and cover it with touch-up paint.
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Old 10-27-10, 09:00 AM   #4
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Ride the damn thing.
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Top one is already rusting. Clean it and cover it with touch-up paint.
Did a search but couldn't find any info. How easy is it to clean rust and how serious of an issue is this?
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I'd just clean it with alcohol or whatever degreaser and paint. It is just a dab of surface rust.
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Surface rust is not a serious issue, its more of a cosmetic problem.

It will not be a risk for structural damage for the next 100 years. Put some touch up on it or ride as is.

steel wool + paint = problem solved.
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