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    I need help to fix up some scratches on my bike

    Hello,


    I just bought myself a used bike. Unfortunately I discovered some pretty bad scratches on it that I would like to hide or fix as much as possible.


    What are some of the things that I can do to hide up those scratches?


    I've read about waxing, using toothpaste and microfiber clothes. I am not sure about using paint as you can never hit the exact right color.



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    leave it be then you won't have to worry about scratching it.

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    meh, those are very minor, especially for a used bike.

    just grab some car wax from the garage and do a little buffing...even if the scratches still show, at least they'll be a little less obvious.

    painting over those will look like crap. don't do it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    painting over those will look like crap. don't do it...
    ^ this.

    you can try a compounding liquid and/or scratch remover prior to waxing. check an auto parts store.

    and at least one looks like more than a scratch. maybe a ding. maybe a dent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazoome View Post
    I am not sure about using paint as you can never hit the exact right color.
    Actually, automotive touch-up paint comes in a VERY wide range of colors and your chances of getting a match are pretty good. You can compare paint colors by putting a dab someplace inconspicuous (e.g. under the bottom bracket).

    But getting a good look is as much about preparation and finishing as anything. Google the topic and you'll get all kinds of advice and videos to watch.

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    How did you buy a beat up used bike and not notice all the bad scratches all over?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    ...and at least one looks like more than a scratch. maybe a ding. maybe a dent.
    yeah, didn't open all the pics on first viewing, one looks like a definite dent with the paint cracked completely around it...ouch.

    just another reason to not consider touch-up painting...not worth the time and effort with banged up tubes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    just grab some car wax from the garage and do a little buffing...even if the scratches still show, at least they'll be a little less obvious.

    painting over those will look like crap. don't do it...
    This.

    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    ^ this.

    you can try a compounding liquid and/or scratch remover prior to waxing. check an auto parts store.
    And that.
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    It's used so you can either leave well enough alone as the more you polish that pig up the more that ding in the TT will stick out or sand everything back to smooth wet decreasing grades or wet and dry sandpaper. Throw some body putty in the ding and deep scratches and sand smooth again. wipe it down with paint prep and then two cans of your favorite rattle can spray paint. You can you tube all this stuff. Just depends if this is a beater bike or an investment bike.

    Stickers work well too.

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    Picture 3 looks like someone hit it with a hammer.

    Did you buy it when it was dark outside?

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