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Old 12-25-08, 08:21 PM
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Touch up paint for bikes,seriously

My brand spanking new Trek had to be shipped by a distance dealer dued to paper works and red tapes,it was scratches on the paint where it doesn't need, any insight on touch up paint?thanks in advance.
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Old 12-25-08, 09:15 PM
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Contacting Trek seems to be your best option.
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Nail polish
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It's new and you don't have to accept it.
Get a new one or ask for a discount.
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Originally Posted by KungPaoSchwinn View Post
My brand spanking new Trek had to be shipped by a distance dealer dued to paper works and red tapes,it was scratches on the paint where it doesn't need, any insight on touch up paint?thanks in advance.
Don't drink and type. Also have the local dealer either replace the frame or touch up the paint assuming you haven't paid/accepted the bike yet.
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Old 12-26-08, 05:29 AM
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Wet 'n Wild nail polish comes in a 100-color kit, that works well, and you can even sand it down a bit with an emery board.

I use the Dupli-Color pen/brush kit that comes from WalMart, Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone, etc. The ball point applicator is good for scratches; just don't try to fill the entire scratch at one time. Be patient and layer it, then sand a little with ultrafine paper, and either mask off the area and hit it with a little clear (Testor's from hobby shops) or wax it over.
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Old 12-26-08, 08:33 AM
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Many body shops mix and match their own automotive paints. Maybe they could match a small amount of paint for you.
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Old 12-26-08, 11:58 AM
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[quote=StanSeven;8077932]Don't drink and type.

Don't fret on the drinking part but thanks for the replies,them scratches kind of annoying to look at.




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Old 12-26-08, 01:31 PM
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That frame is not just scratched. It looks dented too. Is there any reason you cannot get the dealer to take care of you? Trek backs their products well. You should be covered.
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Old 12-26-08, 02:41 PM
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I did not noticed that was a dent until you (blamp28) told me,i put a ruler on the top where the letter K is and it was a dent about one mm deep on it,just talked to the Trek dealer 150 miles away, he said it's difficult to make claim from UPS because i did not physically check the bike when it was delivered but the dealer said they will contact Trek to see if i can get some sort of credit for the damage.
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Old 12-27-08, 08:08 AM
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That's pretty bad, man. Every bike I've ever gotten has had a few tiny scratches here and there, but not like the one you show with the ruler. I hope you can work out something and enjoy your new bike.
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yea someone must have dropped the box or something. alot of dealers get damaged bikes, shippers dont understand "this way up" you just have to save the packaging and sent that shtuff back! hope it works out
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i have had great luck matching paint with testors enemel from the local hobby shop. just make sure you get the enemel and not their new latex. i actually had a bike manufacturer recommend testors many years ago.
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+1 Dent depresses value of bike a lot. Either get a sizable allowance, or a replacement. If you pay for a new bike, you should be getting a new bike.
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Nail polish
+1.

I might not use it on carbon, though.
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I've had good luck with the testor model paints also. And for the temporary patch, I use my trusted black sharpie. One time I parked my bike next to the rocks at the beach, the wind came up and knocked it over and down a few rocks scratching the paint all along one side.
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I've found most scratches cover over with some scrubbing and then some clear coat. However, given the dent I would politely insist that you get a new frame, and let the dealer deal with UPS. It seems clear to me that the dent is in a location that would be difficult to cause in a crash, especially with the rest of the bike in new condition. A guy that used to live down the hall from me had a similar but smaller dent in a steel frame that fatigued out on him and snapped the tube in two after three months.
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I have just contact my dealer 150 miles away on phone, he said he had sent me email to inform me Trek is sending them another FX to replace mine, but i did not recieve the email from the dealer however,he confirmed that's i have to drive the distance again to pick it up,thanks for all the helps u guys provided,hmmm, wonder if i need to take the damaged bike back,j/k.
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Well, since you're driving so far for the bike, take the time while you're there to enjoy whatever they have in the city you're going to, for example taco stands, shows, taverns, museums, strip clubs.
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Just returned from Memphis,TN last night with my brand new replacement bike,i had an opportunity to try the Guss's world famous fried chicken ,it was only a few miles from the Trek dealer.Still no thanks to the UPS this time.Happy me again however.

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