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Old 12-15-14, 11:21 AM
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Paint protection

I just bought new expensive CX bike and I want know everyone does to protect frame. I don't want run fenders when I ride in gravel. I thought about using the 3M spray on remove able paint protection.
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Scars add character. If you ride it the way it was meant to be ridden, both it and you are going to sport a few scars by the end of the season.
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I just use automotive wax. The tires I use don't kick up heavier stones. I don't see substantial stone damage on my bikes.
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Wrap it up in bubble wrap.
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Originally Posted by bbbean
Scars add character. If you ride it the way it was meant to be ridden, both it and you are going to sport a few scars by the end of the season.
This.

If you want to obsess about it, take note of how you get the more significant scratches and dings. Some of them make for good memories.
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Riding gravel is a lot like mountain biking. Your bike will get beat up. Especially if you ride rough gravel, or ride in inclement weather. Don't expect to be able to keep the bike especially clean or ding-free. All it takes is a few miles of wet-ish gravel, and the bike will be covered in gunk.

I suggest either getting a beater for gravel riding, or just letting your new CX bike collect paint chips.

As mentioned, automotive wax does protect your finish, but won't keep all paint chips away.
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I did but this bike for some gravel grinders and ride my local rail trail. I will protect my investment with automobile wax and using this product https://www.amazon.com/3M-90000-Paint.../dp/B00BSKYM82

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Originally Posted by BigC_82
I did but this bike for some gravel grinders and ride my local rail trail. I will protect my investment with automobile wax and using this product https://www.amazon.com/3M-90000-Paint.../dp/B00BSKYM82
This seems like a good plan, since the 3M product is removable. Let us know how it works out, I would like to try it if your results are favorable.
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Good luck. I've painted bike frames, so to me that spray on stuff looks like a crapload of work. If I was really worried about it, I think I'd just buy a strip of 3M automotive paint protection film and stick it on the underside of the down tube. You can pick up small pieces for a few bucks on Ebay, or if you have a local shop that does film application on cars, you can pick up bike tube size scraps for free if you ask nice.

I do have to agree that using an "expensive CX" bike as a gravel grinder and worrying about its paint job seems kind of antithetical to what gravel riding is all about.
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How about rubber (sand blaster's) masking tape .. so grit bounces off?
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I just checked my CX/gravel bike and noticed that the underside has a coating of mud protecting the paint.
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Originally Posted by bbbean
I just checked my CX/gravel bike and noticed that the underside has a coating of mud protecting the paint.
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Looking at my old Colnago road bike most of the paint has cracked pretty badly over the years. I'm not sure of the cause, but I wish it had better UV protection.

An added layer of clearcoat (with UV protection?) may help your CX bike a bit, but may not do a lot for abuse while riding.
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My body has scars on it from riding adventures it only makes sense to me that my bike should too.

The best way to keep your bike in perfect shape is to never ride it.
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There. See? Paint job well protected!
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