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Old 06-03-17, 08:36 AM
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Nail Polish OK for Paint Touch-up?

I have a 2007 GT road bike, CF, painted, with a couple spots where the paint has scraped off.
  1. Is it OK to use fingernail polish? I expect the drug store will have silver and white as well as a hundred red colors
  2. Also, as long as I'm learning, are any chemicals to be avoided around CF? Like acetone?
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There's "perfect color match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" draws your eye to the repair and generally looks like poo-poo. If I'm trying to protect a scratch area, I just clear over it. Unless you can buy or blend a perfect color match, I think that clear looks better.
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Trek tech support advised me that nail polish was the preferred fix. You're putting a type of lacquer over carbon fiber and epoxide matrix - the solvents in nail polish shouldn't do any damage.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
There's "perfect color match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" draws your eye to the repair and generally looks like poo-poo. If I'm trying to protect a scratch area, I just clear over it. Unless you can buy or blend a perfect color match, I think that clear looks better.
Makes sense for a steel frame to prevent rust.
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Yes you can use nail polish on your CF . You can mix some to get the right color and put a clear coat over that .
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