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Old 09-10-08, 03:26 PM
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Repair scratches

Anyone ever tried using Quixx or other automobile scratch repair kits to repair a scratch on a bike? I'm just curious how successful they really are. Note: I'm not willing to go so far as to wet sand and repaint. But I would like to buff the scratch down as much as possible. Maybe reapply some clear coat touch-up.
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Old 09-11-08, 09:26 AM
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My mountain bike and road bike both have black frames, and though not exactly a professional repair, I touch up the paint with a black paint pen from the craft store. Then, when dry, a little wax. From more than a couple feet away, you can't see the touchup. Looks fine to my old eyes.
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Old 09-11-08, 10:24 AM
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I've tried one of those types of products on a car about 5 years ago or so. Didn't do jack for beans (kind of made a mess). Might work better on a bike, but it might depend on whether the bike is solvent-based paint or powdercoat.

What color is your bike? Grinningfool's idea, IMO, is the right idea. Unless the paint is something fancy like metallic or flake...

Can you post a pic of the scratches in question?
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Old 09-11-08, 11:46 AM
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My bike is red (http://www.bicycling.com/images/revi..._scattante.jpg). I don't know how I will find a standard paint marker that will match the dark red but the scratches aren't that thick.

I don't have a picture of the scratch right now but maybe I'll post it later.
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Something to keep in mind when using automotive products;cars usually have many layers of clear coat over their paint. So when you get a scratch,it's usually in the clear coat and can be easily buffed out. Bikes usually don't have alot of paint,so they scratch easily.

You can always try model paint or even nail polish. Think of the looks you'll get when you wheel your bike up to the counter at Macy's.
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If it doesnt come off with a liquid paint cleaner like Mequirs its probably not coming off. I use a 3M automotive product designed for scratches and it works well. Remember, nothing will fill a scratch but these products will remove 'transfer' from paint.
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