Do you need to touch up scratches on carbon frames?

by jwingy   July 7, 2014  

I know this has been asked on other topics before but I struggled to find a definitive answer.

I have managed to scratch the paint on the bottom bracket of my carbon frame due to a misaligned front mech throwing the chain a couple of times.

I say scratch rather than chip as it is very minor. A friend told me I need to cover it in some lacquer or nail polish to protect the carbon, however it's so minor i think touching it up will make it look worse than better.

So in short, do I need to touch it up or can I leave it?

Thanks for your help!

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I'd strongly suggest you don't use lacquer and especially nail polish. Both will contain solvent that could potentially degrade the carbon resin.
If I were you I'd either leave it if it's only a small mark or seek the advice of someone who specialises in carbon frame repair.

posted by Leeroy_Silk [89 posts]
7th July 2014 - 23:52


Thanks, really appreciate the response. As you say I think i'll just leave it alone


posted by jwingy [2 posts]
8th July 2014 - 16:05


If your really worried, give the area a clean and stick a bit of helicopter tape on it. Won't damage the carbon and will not be that noticeable.

posted by Gareth W-R [35 posts]
8th July 2014 - 18:28