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Old 04-26-19, 01:22 PM
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Bike Paint Touch-ups

I bought a Kuwahara Count touring bike recently and am getting it road ready. The paint is generally in really good condition for what appears to be a 1980s-era bike, and just needs the touch-ups one does on scratches here and there. The color is purple, but the challenge is finding the right paint. The company, like so many has moved on to other bikes, including BMX. What is the best way to find a matching paint for touch-ups?.

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Take into the nearest beauty supply store and try to find a matching nail polish. Purple is difficult. If scratches aren't very big, it might be best to just use clear.
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Nail polish!? Will it operate like paint? Stay on and protect the finish?
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I like Testor's paint, however, getting the right color will not be possible and must be blended. This could take some time. Nail polish is paint too and you might actually get a color that is close. It will definitely be weird walking into a beauty supply shop with your bike and hanging around the nail polish.

Nail polish may not be as good as paint, but it will be a quicker remedy. If you could clear coat it, then it will be the clear coat that will protect the paint and the nail polish won't matter.
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Nail polish!? Will it operate like paint? Stay on and protect the finish?
Yes, somewhat, and as said it needs a clear coat to holdup long term. I use it for difficult matches because if it just does not look good once dry acetone will take it off cleanly and you get another chance to blend the correct color.
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Check out your local auto paint supply stores, as I've had good luck in taking the bike to them for them to create a paint match. This is really the only way you will get a paint very close if not a match to the bike's paint.
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Home Depot will color match their Behr oil enamel. I brought the fork in for them to match. I bought a quart on sale for just under $14. It's way too much paint but it can be recycled. They nailed the color but there is a difference in sheen/luster, of course.
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