Now that you have got your new mountain bike or any other type of bike and you want to protect it from scratches. There is nothing worse than noticing a scratch on your recently new bike and not really knowing how it got there. So, how to protect your bike from scratches?
There are a number of things you can do to protect your bikes such as locking your bike to a pole, tree, or fence, firstly don’t just throw your bike against the pole, and secondly ensuring that the surface of the pole or fence is smooth. Another is transporting your bike in a car or train, you can use protective foam mats that absorb shocks and reduce the risk of scratches.
In this post, we will go through how to protect your bike from scratches. Let’s get started!
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Are Scratches On Bikes Normal?
Unfortunately, the short answer is yes. Overtime scratches are normal on bikes, simple bicycle parts are made from metal, so over time, there will be wear and tear. Scratches can happen by accident, transporting your bike, or because you were not paying attention when locking your bike in public places.
Also, scratches can occur if your bike is left outside on a rainy day. Another common reason why scratches might appear on your bike is that you did not clean it often enough, cleaning the bike regularly removes debris from the bike.
How To Protect Your Bicycle From Scratches?
These are a number of ways that can help to protect your bike from scratches. These are as follows.
- When locking your bike to a fence, signpost, or tree, make sure that the surface of the fence or signpost is not rough. And don’t just throw your bike against the fence or signpost.
- You can also protect your bicycle from scratches by changing its location regularly and always locking it even if it is close to home. You never know what can happen.
- If transporting your bike in a car or on a train, try using protective foam mats that absorb shocks which will help to reduce the risk of scratches.
- You can cover your bicycle with a coat or some other type of fabric so that if it slides on the support, it will slide without having direct contact with it and probably get scratched.
What Kind Of Paint Do You Use To Touch Up A Bike?
You can choose either enamel paint or acrylic but the main difference is that enamel paint takes longer to dry and is hard-wearing. Acrylic paints are easy to use because they dry quickly and give good coverage. Furthermore, they are not expensive.
Do Not Use Water-Based Paint
Water-based paints may seem like a bargain, but they generally have serious drawbacks because it takes longer to dry them compared with other types of paint. They do not cover well, and you should use at least two coats of water-based paint, which makes this type of paint much more expensive than acrylic ones.
Finally, high humidity will make the paint peel off after several months or years because these types of painting depend on moisture to keep their form instead of sticking to the surface where they were applied.
You Can Protect Your Bicycle With Paint
You can use paint to touch up scratches on a bike but paint can also protect your bike from scratches. Also, you can use spray paint or apply a small amount of paint using a brush. You can also ask your local bike store what kind of product they use to protect from scratches.
If you have an older bike you can repaint it entirely or partially, depending on how significant the “scratches” are. Just be careful not to remove more material than necessary because this could make your bicycle weaker.
If you have a classic bicycle, then take your time to check out the kind of paint it initially used and buy the same one at the hardware store. Instead of buying several different colors, it will save you money to touch up your bicycle.
The main advantage is that you can choose the color to fit perfectly with your frame.
How To Touch Up Bike Paint?
Using spray paint is more straightforward, especially when you want to touch up large areas of your bicycle.
- Just aim the spray can at the scratch. Then apply an even coat of paint over the scratched surface, leave it 30 minutes to dry, and then use a clean towel or cloth for wiping off any excess paint.
If you prefer using a brush, it should be noted that acrylic paints are very easy to work with, so do not be alarmed if you have no experience painting bikes
- Using a brush, apply just enough paint on the area where you want to touch up before using your brush because if too much paint is applied at once, this may result in drips that are hard to remove later.
If you want more professional results, you can visit your local bike shop. What they might charge depends on what exactly needs to be fixed. They also tend to have all kinds of necessary tools that you may not have at home, which will repair faster.
Finally, there are a number of things you can do to protect your bikes such as if you are locking your bike to a post, tree, or fence, don’t just throw your bike against the pole and that the surface of the object you are locking your bike is smooth. The bottom line is common sense helps to reduce scratches.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on how to protect your bike from scratches was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.