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What to use for scratches to black paint?

Old 09-09-10, 06:42 PM
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What to use for scratches to black paint?

The Black Lightning that I just picked up has a few to-the-aluminum scratches...as Sharpie typically turns out to be purplish, what would be a decent alternative? Black nail polish? I'd be concerned about the gold metalflake, but they really aren't too huge, and I may be able to find gold flake black nail polish at Hot Topic or some such...

So, what suggestions would you make? I'd also like to find something to deal with the scratches and scuffs on the black anodized crankset...doubt the same thing would work though...
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You are going to find that just like with white, there are an infinite number of blacks.
One way might be to ride up to a big parking lot and compare your bike to the cars, then get a touch up paint bottle from an auto parts store or new car dealer (much more $) that matches your bike.
Hobby shop black paints also vary, but the selection of solvent based paints is shrinking. Yes, one can buy a Black and hope for the best or start to mix colors into it, but often black is tweaked with translucent toners, opaque colors will push it grey fast.
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IMHO, black is the easiest color to touch up. I have a black C'dale 3.0 frame which was pretty scratched up when I picked it up. I bought some black automotive touch up paint from Kragen for under $10 and it worked very well. I can hardly tell where the touch-up spots are from 5 feet away. I remember the paint I bought was for a black VW though.
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check this out:
https://www.turtlewax.com/main.taf?p=2,1,4,5

i bought some a while ago (for my car) but never used it. i think it would probably work great.
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I would just go with sharpie personally. How big are the scratches?
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Black Kiwi shoe polish. Never fails
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Originally Posted by jtgotsjets
I would just go with sharpie personally. How big are the scratches?
Big enough that the color difference would REALLY bother me.

And the Kiwi? Might work...but I've never found it to have staying power enough to permanently blacken bare chrome...
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if you're scared of brushes, they make black (and other colors) paint markers, I have used both glossy and satin black (there may be matte, but haven't seen it yet)...check out a well stocked art supply or paint shop. I've seen at least 2 brands but can't recall names right now.
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Sharpie! been using it on the black aluminum wheels on my motorcycle too and most other things gloss or semi gloss black in my home that needs some nicks touched up........Permanent on MOST materials, cheap easy to apply, reapply and control and looks very good even from close up.

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Most speciality automotive paint supply stores have the capability these days to provide custom made colors in touch up vials. I bought a couple of ounces recently. Hundreds, if not thousands of colors to choose from, including metal flake.

Cost about about 10 bucks, in my case.

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Sharpie also makes paint pens, in black, that are not purplish.
Testor's makes a paint pen, in black, also.
The trick is to get it applied so as not to be readily noticeable.

With black, I don't use either of the above, unless it's really small.
I spray Rustoleum spray paint into a cup, and then brush it on or use a q-tip.
This is much thinner than other applications, but you can layer it on and rub it out easier.

I always rub it out with compound, which takes patience, but looks better in the end.
Once it's rubbed out and smooth, you can wax over it.
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Black enamel. Plastic model paint is a good place to start.
Keep the paint within the scratch, like a filler.Use the smallest, good quality sable brush to apply it, the brush little bigger than the scratch itself.
Then rub out and buff as described above.
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I have a Brichwood Casey Super Black touch up pen. They are sold at most places that sell guns. I think I got mine at Wallymart.
https://sport.birchwoodcasey.com/Prod...2-9c6654bb60b0
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I tried a Sharpie on my daughter's black Buick Regal. I learned that black Sharpie is neither black nor permanent.
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