Clear Coat lacquer or what to protect paint job of new frames?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by rs, Aug 23, 2005.

  1. rs

    rs Guest

    What is recommended as a brush on clear-coat to protect a new bike's paint
    job?

    thanks, Rick
     
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  2. Leo Lichtman

    Leo Lichtman Guest

    "rs" wrote: What is recommended as a brush on clear-coat to protect a new
    bike's paint job?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    These are the points to consider:
    1.) It is hard to brush on a coat of anything that will look as smooth as
    the factory finish.
    2.) If you apply lacquer over a regular enamel, there is a good chance it
    will dissolve or wrinkle.
    3.) A clear coat over a dark background will show white scratches
    eventually.
    4.) If you fall, or drop the bike, or hurt the finish in any way, chances
    are the damage will go through your clear coat into the factory finish.

    I suggest you ride the bike and be as careful as you can. Be prepared to
    accept that the paint will not look new forever. Use a small bottle of
    tough-up paint if you get any bad dings.
     
  3. Rick Schiller writes:

    > What is recommended as a brush on clear-coat to protect a new bike's
    > paint?


    That depends on what you are protecting against. If its ultra violet
    light from the sun, then you need flat black paint and if it is
    scratches, you need a wrap of electrical tape. I'm sure you've seen
    the black bibs on the front of some cars that make them ugly as dirt.
    That is done in anticipation of selling an as-new car some day. Well,
    road dust that gets behind these devices along with vibration make the
    finish as dull as sand paper so they can't take them off anymore.

    Ride bike!

    Jobst Brandt
     
  4. catzz66

    catzz66 Guest

    Stating the obvious, probably, but some new bikes come with clear coat.
     
  5. Bob

    Bob Guest

    rs wrote:
    > What is recommended as a brush on clear-coat to protect a new bike's paint
    > job?
    >
    > thanks, Rick


    Forget clear coating, especially anything you can apply with a brush.
    Just use a good quality wax. It won't prevent scratches but neither
    does clear coat. The only way I know of to keep your bike absolutely
    pristine is to never ride it and that's a really lousy option.

    Regards,
    Bob Hunt
     
  6. maxo

    maxo Guest

    most bikes get nicked and scratched when you lean them up against
    stuff. When you turn your head of course they fall over.

    Back in the 80s there was a cool device known as a "flickstand" that
    attached to the down tube and flicked down to immobilize the front
    wheel. With your front wheel thus locked, the bike becomes a rigid
    structure, able to be leaned willy nilly.

    All my utility rides always get regular Greenfield kickstands, but
    that's a bit out of the question on a sporting bike--or is it? :p
     
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