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post #1 of 6 Old Jul 18th, 2008, 1:53 pm Thread Starter
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Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

I'm feeling like showing my bike some love and fix a few small nicks and scratches in the paint.

I was thinking of using a paint pen from Color Rite as they seem to have my color (Champagne) even though their chart skips '01.

Has anyone done this? They also seem to want you to buy the clearcoat pen to use after applying the color. Anyone done this?

Suggestions? Experiences?



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post #2 of 6 Old Jul 19th, 2008, 6:25 pm
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Re: Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

First get yourself lotsa patience. Then some 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Then some 3M Finesse It II (SP?) polishing compound and an orbital buffer with buffing pad. Fill the scratch in with the pen or touch up brush. Let dry then wet sand with the 1500 grit. Repeat until the scratch is filled flush with the surrounding paint. Then buff with the buffer using the polish. Then clear coat and buff some more. Or something like that.

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Re: Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

WOW (word or warning)!

Be carefull about sanding down the surrounding area around the scratch - the clear coat/color coats are thin and it does not take too much effort to cut through them.

I masked off the areas immediately adjacent to my scratch with tape and then filled it with color and then the clear coat. Still had some issues - although I am supper anal about finish work.

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Re: Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

Good Aft.

I have never used paint pens but I have used Crayolas!

Although it depends on the severity and depth of the scratch as to how well this blends in. After all Crayons are nothing but colored wax.

superficial scratches can work ok. just need to rapply periodically.

If the scratches are deep or offensive enough. Off the panel goes in the winter to my local paint guy.

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Re: Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

I used the colorrite pen on a deep scratch on the side bag. It isn't perfect, but was much better than seeing the stark white gash when you walked up. Now, if you look closely, you can see what I did, but you have to look.
Sorry, one other thing: they didn't list my year either, but the paint still matched.
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Re: Anyone use a paint pen for scratches?

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First get yourself lotsa patience. Then some 1500 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Then some 3M Finesse It II (SP?) polishing compound and an orbital buffer with buffing pad. Fill the scratch in with the pen or touch up brush. Let dry then wet sand with the 1500 grit. Repeat until the scratch is filled flush with the surrounding paint. Then buff with the buffer using the polish. Then clear coat and buff some more. Or something like that.
1500 is too rough, go 2000. Then use 3M Perfect-it folowed by their Finesse-it, hand rubbed.
You'll never get the clear to blend in with the surrounding factory clear completely. But if you use a light coat of clear (using an airbrush) followed by another coat with 10% reducer, and another with 20% and another at 50% reducer and maybe even a nice mist coat of pure reducer, let cure and wet sand/polish. You may get an unnoticable repair.

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