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Yes, I know "it's a tool, not a jewel bla bla bla" but it's my tool and I like to keep my tools in great working order  1

This happened with a stupid old skewer on my trainer and it's pissing me off.

 

Here are the options I think I have and what I think of them, it would be nice to get some feedback as well:

1 - leave it, alloy won't rust or corrode and there is absolutely no performance problem here - I'm worried about the paint continuing to peel/chip further.

2 - get some nail polish and just cover it, which will also prevent any further paint chipping and the alloy from corroding (if that's a thing) - I'm worried about the nail polish messing up any paint (chemicals and stuff). Also, where should I apply it? Just on the metal or also on some of the paint, you know so it won't peel more. 

3 - retire from cycling. - I really don't want to

 

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https://ibb.co/jbEUv6

 

 

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sergius [554 posts] 8 months ago
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I'd just put some nail varnish on it, it's what I've done on a couple of scratches in the matt finish on my deep section wheels.

On that note, nail varnish can be suprisingly expensive - cheapest I found was Morrisons own brand stuff about about £3 a bottle.  It's also a fairly wierd experience wandering around the various beauty departments on the high street enquiring about black nail varnish - it must not be in fashion as most didn't have any.

 

"It's for my bike, honest"

 

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stucky [16 posts] 8 months ago
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Thanks Sergius. I'm also having a hards time at work asking everyone "where can i get good nail polish?" People aren't as open minded as i thought they would be  1

 

I highly doubt i'll match the color so i think i'll get some clear varnish just to protect it. if that makes sense

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PRSboy [288 posts] 8 months ago
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Tricky to match due to the 'two tone' paint job, but I would get some red and some white enamel paint from a modelling shop and a nice artists brush.  I would imagine by carefully blending the two on some card, you could get a pretty close match.  Do a few coats, letting each one dry, to build it up then paint some clear laquer on top.

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stucky [16 posts] 8 months ago
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clear laquer you say.. is it in spray?  what if i only use the clear lacquer? i don't really need it to look pretty, it's a small hidden chip, my biggest concern is to keep the frame/rest of the paint safe 

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PRSboy [288 posts] 8 months ago
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I use the paint-on laquer that came with a car touch-in kit.  I'd imagine if you painted over the edges of the damage it would stop further snags pulling the paint off.

You could get some from Halfords or somesuch.

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stucky [16 posts] 8 months ago
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like this? http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/specialist-decorativ...

 

having trouble finding paint-on lacquer. will this adhere to the metal as well? the exposed bit 

 

thanks for your help!

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PRSboy [288 posts] 8 months ago
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That should be OK... but may be a bit fiddly to mask everything off.  Laquer bonds ok to bare metal as I've used in on alloy wheel damage.

I found this with some ferreting about- available in store or on click and collect. I've a feeling there is some bizzare rule that touch-up pens cannot be sent in the post.

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/paints-body-repair/scratch-repair-paint...

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SteveAustin [147 posts] 8 months ago
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fwiw for where it is i wouldnt bother doing anything with it. maybe, a little clear nail varnish if i was really fussed, readily available in any shops that sell stuff for a £1. Ime any touching up or homedone paint repairs looks just like that, a very amateur homedone repair, and the only reason to put clear varnish on it is to stop any possible further corrosion and stop paint flaking/peeling from that area.

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mike the bike [1086 posts] 8 months ago
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I've reached the age when I probably won't live long enough for a bike to seriously corrode but for some unfathomable reason I still like to keep 'em looking good.  And that's why I've got some of those tiny little pots of enamel paint you can buy in model shops.  There are hundreds of colours available, it dries in minutes and costs about a quid a throw.

Warning: You think you remember the colour when you walk in the shop.  You didn't, trust me.  Take a flake of paint or at least an accurate photo with you.

Best of luck.

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stucky [16 posts] 8 months ago
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thank you all for the advice. i ended up stopping at halfords on my way home and getting the clear lacquer. looks good and well protected, which is what i need. 

 

off to do some autumun miles now.

 

Cheers!