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Old 02-19-13, 08:24 AM   #26
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+1. I also use clear nail polish on my bike, but it is mostly a commuter. Allows me to keep an eye on the chipped spots. Keeps that used look that deters thieves too...This said, I sometimes consider getting something to really touch it up nicer...those paint pens from the hobby shop might be a good choice. I'm just not very skilled with those little brushes.

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I like clear nail polish because the bike does not look WORSE after I touch up little scratches and nicks. With paint, I always make it look worse, and simply draw attention to the amazing numbers of scratches and nicks on my bikes.
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Bump for reference
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Old 09-16-16, 03:59 PM   #28
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+1 to using 1500 or 2000 grit auto body sandpaper to smooth the testors between coats. After you have a smooth surface, wait a month or so and hit it with MCGuir's auto polish. I'm talking about larger areas, not minor chips.

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87 schwinn SS touch-up project

Hello Bike Gurus!
I've read the whole thread and would like to ask a stupid question or two. first, I have sanded and derusted some small spots and a larger area under the BB. Then I bought a huge can of clean metal primer (white) and used a tiny brush to apply (3 coats). How long should I let primer dry before applying topcoat? I bought some "nail lacquer" at Walmart that is a fairly close match - magenta - and I'm a little nervous because I'm thinking that I have to put "nail enamel" over the enamel primer. But it sounds like nail polish enamel and nail polish lacquer are the same thing. I know it will probably not look so good b/c I used a brush, but I wanted to preserve the original paint job as much as possible. Please share your thoughts.

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To add to a revived thread.
I like to find a Car colour that matches and then contact the dealership with the hope the colour is still current, if it is they have little bottles of touch up paint, and it dries flat in line with the surface.
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Excellent post from headloss, all I can add is I use my embarrassingly large selection of Testors to apply a temporary color barrier (although rust reformers work for black in our low humidity, 4% yesterday) and after I find a really good auto match (I cruise parking lots and compare) I take it off with acetone and use the Duplicolor or Automotivetouchup.
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