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Chips! (not the lardy kind)

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Cathryn, 7 Nov 2007.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I need some advice. During our recent trip to India, the lovely Liesl sustained a number of small chips on her frame from aeroplanes, coach transfers, nasty roads and one nastier small child who threw a stone. What do I do with the chip marks? Do I have to get them resprayed (in which case, does any bikeshop do it or do I need to send her back to Thorn) or do I put some magic solution on the chips??

    Any advice gratefully received!!
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Get some enamel paint from a model shop -you know, those little Humbrol or Airfix pots that we all painted a plastic spitfire with when we were 7.
     
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Go to Halfords and see if they have a car 'touch up stick' of paint that is a reasonable match. This will seal the damage.

    There's no need for a respray until it really looks a mess and you want it done for 'cosmetic' reasons. They rarely rust from the outside in. Every ten years would still be considered fastidious.

    And anyway, touring bikes should wear these things like a badge of honour. Any one's comments about the dings can be brushed aside with a haughty 'yes, she got those in Rajasthan'
     
  4. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    "Really? I got mine in Helmand province, Afghanistan. I do so like my touring holidays to be exciting, don't you?." :biggrin:
     
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Depending on the colour you are trying to match nail varnish can be a good option.
     
  6. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    All great suggestions, thank you. I shall try my Dad to see if he has any pots of enamal paint!!!! I agree about battle scars, but was worried about rusting!
     
  7. girofan

    girofan New Member

    ;) I got mine in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Now THAT IS EXCITING!!!!!! xx(
     
  8. stevew

    stevew Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orpington
    What about asking Thorn if they do little pots of "touch up" paint ?
     
  9. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Yes

    A 50p bottle of touch up

    With a £5 postage

    Bargain
     
  10. Bike frame high carbon steel is of much higher quality than car bodywork mild steel as it's structural, so dont worry too much about rust. Agree about bikes carrying their war wounds with pride, its called patina and its priceless.
     
  11. stevew

    stevew Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Orpington
    5 pounds post ? I've heard about the high post costs from Thorn but that seems a little excessive.
    Oh well, I guess that the little can from a model shop is the best answer. They are only about 1.10 each.