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    Waaaaaaah, chipped my paint, now what?

    A couple days ago, on tour, I leaned my bike up against something but it wasn't as steady as I thought and promptly fell down, leaving two nice big dings in the paintwork on the top tube and on the seatpost. You can see right down to the steel frame

    What can I do? We are on an extended tour so I am kind of accepting of the fact that these things will happen but will rust set in if I don't fix up the paint? Can I get something to at least protect my bike from the elements...... I think someone mentioned nail polish before? Will car paint to fix up dings work?

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    No emergency here, but it would be better to cover the wounds with something readily available, purchasable in small quantities, and sandable for when you get home and can have the time to find a (likely solvent-based automotive) paint with a close color match to your bike. For now I'd use clear nail polish. Too bad about the dings, but some wear and tear is inevitable during a tour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by avatarworf
    Can I get something to at least protect my bike from the elements...... I think someone mentioned nail polish before? Will car paint to fix up dings work?

    Nail polish might work, depending on how well you let it dry.
    Car paint, or better yet, hobbyist enamels (Testors, etc.) applied with a very fine pointed-tip brush works best.

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    Crazy glue is a good hard instant drying finish. You can rub it on with a cloth. Bunch the cloth up so that it is stuffed into itself leaving a firm surface, add a drop of glue and briskly polish the surface. For chips and such try to level the damage and just place a drop in the hole to dry. With some glues the hardening can be accelerated by breathing over it with moist breath.

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    Some problems are matching the color, and if you are on tour drying time, and how to apply it.
    If the color is right, nail polish is better than car paint in some respects. It's very hard and dries very fast, and comes with a nice touch up brush, it is the easiest to apply. I have had good luck color matching nail polish on most bikes, not all. The stores I went too allowed me to take the bottles outside to hold against the bike for a color match before purchasing them.
    The 12 year old nail polish touch ups look the same. Car paint needs to dry for at least a day, longer if it is humid or cold. Some of the Testors paints will dry very well overnight.
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    When I ordered my Marinoni, I was able to choose the paint color. My first instinct was to go for a deep blue because it is my favorite color ... but then I went for a two toned look: Deep blue for the forks and rear triangle, and a silvery color for the middle of the bicycle. I chose that so that WHEN I chipped the paint there, it wouldn't show as much!!

    Look at chipped paint as "character marks"! If you tour with your bicycle, it's bound to happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    When I ordered my Marinoni, I was able to choose the paint color. My first instinct was to go for a deep blue because it is my favorite color ... but then I went for a two toned look: Deep blue for the forks and rear triangle, and a silvery color for the middle of the bicycle. I chose that so that WHEN I chipped the paint there, it wouldn't show as much!!

    Look at chipped paint as "character marks"! If you tour with your bicycle, it's bound to happen!
    If you're as smart as Machka you do your nails the same color as your bike on a long tour. Then you only need one bottle of nail polish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes
    If you're as smart as Machka you do your nails the same color as your bike on a long tour. Then you only need one bottle of nail polish.

    True ...

    AND I discovered many years ago that nail polish makes a good Loctite substitute too! As it happens, I've got nail polish the same color blue as Loctite ... it would probably work on Machak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    True ...

    AND I discovered many years ago that nail polish makes a good Loctite substitute too! As it happens, I've got nail polish the same color blue as Loctite ... it would probably work on Machak.
    What a great idea. So is having silver on Machak to hide the new chips. I never heard of either of those ideas! I'm impressed.
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    Thanks all. Have located some clear polish, still looking out for the sparkly green variety. Maybe with hallowe'en coming up

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