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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-17-2019, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Lower triple colour/paint touch-up

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Got a minor scuff from debris on the left-hand side of my lower triple tree and my OCD is fookin' killing me since i can't take my eyes off of it every time i stare at my bike.

Now, best course of action would be to obviously take it off and take it to a paint shop but it's gonna cost me (taking forks off at the dealer/mechanic, leaving the bike there for a couple of days and re-assemble everything back together).At this point i might as well get a new lower triple since it's gonna cost me justa few bucks more, something which isn't gonna happen obviously since, well, it's a minor thing and i'm not that OCD.

Second option would be to touch up the spot.
tried doing it myself with some paint and small brush but...it looked bad since i'm no painter, plus, the painted spot was more glossy and "flat" compared to the OEM black matte which is also coarse in texture.

Besides the "just ride the bike and enjoy it" type of answers, what would the best course of action be in this case ? Can a good paint-shop touch-up/spot-paint the specific spot replicating that coarse in texture type of paint ?

i'm just worying/thinking about the whole re-sale thing to be honest.

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Had a bit of experience in painting, Touching up texture paint is not easy, but there is a way if it's very small.

First, make sure it's the same color, well, black should be black, but in auto paint world not all blacks are the same.
just use a small can of basic flat black, don't use spray cans, the paint is too thin to get a good texture.
If it's a really course finish, there are flat black wrinkle finish paints that could work also.

Next, don't use a brush, texture finishes on walls use a course wool roller, obviously not possible on a triple tree.

Apply using a cotton bud in place of a brush, and dab the paint on the spot. brushing smooths the paint out.

The rest is trial and error, and depends on, thickness of paint, if it's wet or tacky etc. etc. just try it on a piece of scrap and you will see the different 'grade' of texture you can get.

Usually you may have to cover a complete section, corner to corner in a sense to hid the different finish. Then a piece of larger cotton wool would be better.

hope this helps,
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Had a bit of experience in painting, Touching up texture paint is not easy, but there is a way if it's very small.

First, make sure it's the same color, well, black should be black, but in auto paint world not all blacks are the same.
just use a small can of basic flat black, don't use spray cans, the paint is too thin to get a good texture.
If it's a really course finish, there are flat black wrinkle finish paints that could work also.

Next, don't use a brush, texture finishes on walls use a course wool roller, obviously not possible on a triple tree.

Apply using a cotton bud in place of a brush, and dab the paint on the spot. brushing smooths the paint out.

The rest is trial and error, and depends on, thickness of paint, if it's wet or tacky etc. etc. just try it on a piece of scrap and you will see the different 'grade' of texture you can get.

Usually you may have to cover a complete section, corner to corner in a sense to hid the different finish. Then a piece of larger cotton wool would be better.

hope this helps,

Much appreciated Ron, i'll try to find a good paint shop and report back.
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