How can I protect my bike frame from chips and scrapes?
Chris, from Cycleworld UK, answers a question about keeping your frame in mint condition while you’re on tour.
And he’s got a far better idea than the nail polish we used to touch up our bikes. Never again will you have to worry about chips and scratches on the frame, after a nasty tumble.
The Question: “What’s the best way to protect the frame, when the paint gets scratched on tour? I’ve had a few times where the bike falls over or scrapes up against something and the paint is chipped away. I don’t want my frame to rust but I when I’m on tour I can’t usually find a good framebuilder with paint to fix the damage either.”
The Answer: “The best bet is to get the frame painted and sorted at home. Then, cover the frame in helicopter tape or other similar products. It’s a very strong see through plastic tape that will protect any frame from chips and scrapes. We fit it to all our demo bikes including the downhill bike and it leaves them looking fresh.
The best touch-up paint I’ve come across comes from Halfords. That would be better than nail varnish. Then apply a lacquer over the top to offer some more protection.” – Chris of Cycleworld UK
*A little extra research reveals there are many grades of helicopter tape. Try to get an ‘outdoor grade’ tape that won’t yellow with sun exposure.