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Old 10-10-14, 02:44 PM
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It's inevitable: I get a shiny car bike or car or whatever, and within a week I'm seeing scratches in the paint. In this particular case, however, the bike is a Raleigh Venture with a steel frame, so I can't just curse at the scratches -- I need to cover them.

I've heard a few different suggestions on this topic. My LBS recommends nail polish. The Raleigh website recommends the enamel hobby paint used on plastic model airplanes. But since the Venture sports a dark metallic-blue paint job, I'm wondering if I might not have better luck matching the color with a shade of automobile touch-up paint.

What's good, and what isn't?
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Old 10-10-14, 03:11 PM
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I don't worry about cosmetic appearance of my bikes. My bikes are full of dings and scratches.
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I don't worry about cosmetic appearance of my bikes. My bikes are full of dings and scratches.
Same here I have a ton of scratches and so far they haven't slowed me down yet...
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The LBS has touch up paint for all the bikes they sell. Chips happen even in the shop.

That said, I once tried touch up paint on my car and I think it looked worse.
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Scratches = character marks.

But I have used nail polish on a few.
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Model paint, nail polish and auto paint are all fine for touch-ups. If your primary concern is the cosmetics then just try to match with whatever type of paint has the closest tint.

You *might* actually have the best luck with nail polish though since they have tons of different colors and sheen-styles (smooth, metallic, glitter, etc.) available for cheap, it's easy to clean-up or redo if you make a mistake and you don't need to buy any brushes or anything.
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I use the same touch up paint they use for cars, sold in any auto parts store or wallyworld.
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Just some wax can make some smallish stuff disappear on metallic paint on car in my experience, would assume bikes too.

I thought my new bike's flat black was soooo cool looking but now realizing I don't have a good way of hiding scratches.
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Wait a while till there are more scratches and get a brand new paint job from a custom painter who uses automotive paint. By the way did you ever see the You Tube on Colnago paint process?
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