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Old 05-04-17, 07:33 PM
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Paint chip repair?

Hey guys! I am acquiring a beautiful early 80's (I think) Davidson, that was well used and loved. It toured Japan, Canada, and much of the PNW with it's original owner, from whom I am getting it. She loved it so much it shows quite a few paint chips unfortunately. Would love to minimize them at least and repair the worst of them. What is the best way to do this? I don't think I can afford an entire strip and re-paint. Maybe some day. Thanks!
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I always treat any rust with a rust convertor/sealer then use nail polish as touch up paint. It seems to be quite durable and the main thing is you're protecting the bare metal under the nail polish. Most difficult part of this is trying to match the nail polish colour to your frame colour and ensuring you don't cross paths with your crush in the nail polish isle of our local store.
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I always treat any rust with a rust convertor/sealer then use nail polish as touch up paint. It seems to be quite durable and the main thing is you're protecting the bare metal under the nail polish. Most difficult part of this is trying to match the nail polish colour to your frame colour and ensuring you don't cross paths with your crush in the nail polish isle of our local store.
Thanks. It is a metallic blue, so will have to see if I can find the right shade. I guess I could look for model paint or even a paint pen at O'Reillys, now that I think about it. Some of the chips are kinda deep, so I guess I will just take my time and fill it in a little at a time, once I find the right paint or nail polish.
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Yup just build up the paint/nail polish slowly until the filled in paint rises slightly over the original paint. Then just polish down to get it even.
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Yup just build up the paint/nail polish slowly until the filled in paint rises slightly over the original paint. Then just polish down to get it even.
Thanks again! What do you suggest to use for polishing it down? And then, do you put a little clear on?
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Just standard car polish works fine. you could do a bit of wet sanding using a very fine grit sandpaper then polish but polish alone should be fine. you can use clear, it would give it a little extra protection but I find nail polish to be quite durable and if it does chip away you can always reapply.
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Just standard car polish works fine. you could do a bit of wet sanding using a very fine grit sandpaper then polish but polish alone should be fine. you can use clear, it would give it a little extra protection but I find nail polish to be quite durable and if it does chip away you can always reapply.
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Originally Posted by sunvalleylaw
Thanks. It is a metallic blue, so will have to see if I can find the right shade. I guess I could look for model paint or even a paint pen at O'Reillys, now that I think about it. Some of the chips are kinda deep, so I guess I will just take my time and fill it in a little at a time, once I find the right paint or nail polish.
A decade ago I bought an Italian 80's frame with the typical paint of the era where if you looked at it wrong it chipped. I would avoid Testor's pla enamel at this point, there are a number of competing brands, Tamiya might be good or as noted auto color touch up. An expensive avenue is if you see a color on a new or late model vehicle, often touch up paint is available at the new car dealer parts dept.
If the paint has some "depth", do some testing over say white, red or silver, for my solution it was silver first, the blue second, and no shaking up the metallic into suspension, that was too much metallic.
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Originally Posted by itpesaf
Most difficult part of this is trying to match the nail polish colour to your frame colour and ensuring you don't cross paths with your crush in the nail polish isle of our local store.
If there were a "like" button on replies, I would click the button. Well done.
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^^ Thanks!
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If there were a "like" button on replies, I would click the button. Well done.
This too. That was what I was trying to do also.
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Here are some examples of the stuff I will be trying to clean up. As you can see, prior owner, who has advanced macular degeneration, attempted to touch some of the chips up, but with the wrong color. Any idea how to clean that up prior to applying something closer? Wet sanding I would suppose?


Obviously, I will have to live without the decal in this area.








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Might be difficult to wet sand most of it off without getting a considerable amount of the bikes original paint off too.. I would perhaps wet sand a little then paint on top of the existing touch ups, or you could mask them off one by one and using an earbud dipped in acetone slowly and carefully work to remove the old touch ups. You would need to be quite careful not to get any of the original paint off though.
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Originally Posted by itpesaf
Might be difficult to wet sand most of it off without getting a considerable amount of the bikes original paint off too.. I would perhaps wet sand a little then paint on top of the existing touch ups, or you could mask them off one by one and using an earbud dipped in acetone slowly and carefully work to remove the old touch ups. You would need to be quite careful not to get any of the original paint off though.
I can try a little bit of that technique carefully, and in the bigger blotches where it has to be covered up anyway, to help not let things build up too thickly, and then just use whatever nail polish or paint I can find that matches better to mask it better. While trying to stay away from the original paint as much as possible. Masking carefully beforehand of course. Will be a labor of love.

Maybe I can get it so that it looks good at about 5 feet, instead of 10 feet. And then call it good.
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regarding sources of touch-up paint, I've been fortunate that a local auto paint shop would mix up a bottle of touch-up paint and do a really excellent job of matching the color. The price was about $20 or so, which seemed like a good deal to me. I usually brought in the fork for them to scan and look at.

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regarding sources of touch-up paint, I've been fortunate that a local auto paint shop would mix up a bottle of touch-up paint and do a really excellent job of matching the color. The price was about $20 or so, which seemed like a good deal to me. I usually brought in the fork for them to scan and look at.

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Thanks! Good idea. If I cannot find a really close color, it would be worth it to me.
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May I add my two pesos worth?
Start by disasembling the bike. Use #0000 steel wool for the metal bits followed up by a good metal polish. Assuming the decals are under the clear coat use a good quality microfiber towel with Mineral Spirits, dosen't have to be too saturated. Rub the frame down real good with a little extra effort on the areas where there may be other paint or light scrathes that may have marred the paint. You can remove the touched up areas by continuing to rub them. Try to find a small bottle of nail polish that matches your frame's color. If you've taken the bike apart you can take your fork with you when you look for the right color. If any rust exists try taping off the area you don't want sanded. A clearcoat of finger nailpolish afterwards will help. Once you are all done use a cheap can of furniture polish and go over the frame and fork with about 4 good coats. You'll be amazed at how nice your bike will look and it will command more dinero if you choose to sell it off.
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