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Best fingernail polish for touch-up?

Old 03-30-10, 05:45 PM
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Best fingernail polish for touch-up?

Ok; I know nothing about fingernail polish except it's recomended to use as touch-up paint on bicycles. My Trek got a couple of good scratches when the wife tried to lift her bike out after a breakfast ride. There has to be some brands that work better than others...any recommendations??
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I dont know about fingernail polish, but the Testors brand model paint in the glass bottle works well, and a good selection of colors to pick from.
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Fingernail polish is just lacquer. A couple of thin coats will do much better than one heavy one. Any brand will do.
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Thanks for the idea...I will check into that as well.
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Yea, model paint (i.e. testors). Go to a model shop and get some to match your frame. I bought three hues (blue) and mixed them to get as close as I could. I now have three lifetime supply for about $10.
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I don’t know what kind of frame you have but this should work with all frame types.
I had some scratches on the seat tube of a black carbon Frame that I was able to make good as new again.

I used 600 grit sandpaper on the area that had the scratches; the area I worked on was about 1 inch in diameter. I sanded it down until smooth, masked it off enough around the work area to avoid over spray from getting on to other areas of the frame and bike.

Used Krylon indoor/outdoor flat black on the area. Let dry.

Used Krylon acrylic crystal Clear coat gloss on top of that.

Looks good as new as if scratches never happened.

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Get thee to Sally Beauty Supply and stand transfixed and humbled before O-P-I brand display...Seriously, that stuff is housework-proof and comes in more colors than your average Home Depot paint department.

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Originally Posted by chrism32205 View Post
I dont know about fingernail polish, but the Testors brand model paint in the glass bottle works well, and a good selection of colors to pick from.
+1 on Testors. Make sure you get the enamel. I was able to match my bike's paint perfectly. Also, Harborfreight sells perfect touch-paint brushes dirt cheap.

And the Testors was only $1.50/bottle. I think it's better and cheaper than nail polish.
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