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Old 09-25-16, 07:50 PM
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Surly owners help! Cakipants touch up?

Anyone have a good touch paint match for cakipants color? Surly does not provide touch up paint. Has anyone found an "over the counter" (home depot, auto stores, hardware stores) paint that is a good match? Thanks in advance.
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Years ago when I contacted Surly about touchup paint, they suggested that I look at nail polish because it is available in so many colors, or model paints for the same reason.
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Those are options but specifically what color (i.e Revlon cream, testors olive drap, etc.) Thanks.
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They don't sell touch up paint because the bike isn't painted. It's powder coated. It's basically an epoxy powder that is sprayed on to the frame, then baked and melted on to the bike. Ride the bike to Maaco or something and see if they have some auto touch up paint that will match. Or Sherwin-Williams or something.
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+1, they used Powder coat you can mix the same powder* in lacquer as a pigment .. and brush it on..

* If you can find it , since they ship the Frames/Bikes out of Taipei, then to distributors around the World.
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pep boys. for all your primer, paint and duck tape needs!

Do you have touch-up paint?

No. Our frames are powder coated, which is akin to glazing pottery in that a colored powder is applied to the metal and then baked at low temperature. So there's no real liquid involved. We use powder coat for several reasons: it is less expensive than wet paints, it produces a durable finish, and since it excludes many of the chemicals required for wet paint it is environmentally friendlier than wet paints. In our experience touch-up never really looks that good anyway. Most scratches do not significantly rust or corrode since they're on the outside of the frame, plus in our world scratches on your frame are a badge of honor, signifying that you actually use this thing. If you really feel the need to touch up scratches we recommend some model or automotive touchup paint, or even nail polish. We can supply the RAL color code for most of our stock colors if you need it.

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What is the RAL color code for my frame?

RAL is a color code number system used by paint manufacturers. We can provide this code for most but not all of our colors. You can contact us at [email protected]. Please provide the model of your Surly, its color, and the frame's serial number to aid us in your quest.
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I find that clear nail polish prevents rust while maintaining that "worn-in" look on your bicycle that is useless to try and avoid.
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clear nail polish also is very long lasting, on my old touring bike, I used it to cover up scratches and well over 25 years later, the nail polish has stayed on, no rust, and come to think of it, I still have the little bottle in my bike junk boxes.

the nail polish or model paint options seem to me to be the best route to go, and then a layer of clear nail polish. Especially given that if you put whatever paint on very sparingly, even if the colour is sort of close, it will not show unless you are specifically looking for it.

The used Troll I got this year is black, so the black metal paint I have kicking around for doing porch railing painting worked fine.
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