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  1. #1
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    Quick question about chain damage

    So my wife's chain came off the front small ring (granny ring I think?) anyways, it got stuck between the chainstay and the small sprocket and took off some paint as well as scratched the chainstay a little. I've since adjusted the low limit screw for the fd and was wondering should I clean up the damaged area and cover the bare metal with some paint or something to prevent corrosion? Thanks

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    I would paint the area with some "touch" up paint. I have heard of nail polish being used.
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    If it's a steel frame, definitely. Otherwise it's most likely cosmetic. Years ago when chainsuck was a lot more common, this would happen all the time but never affected the frame structurally.

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    My opinion - don't bother...move on with life. Consider it character. You did the right thing by making the derailleur adjustment.

    I can't imagine putting nail polish on my bike, but I have read the same as "mitzikatzi" states. It surprises me that it works since my wife and daughters need a new manicure every other week.

    Supposedly you can get a PPG code for the paint and then get an exact match. Good luck with that. I tried to find a PPG code for one of my bikes...no luck. Some have suggested to match it to a car you see on the road. It is pretty easy to find a PPG code for a car.

    Again, I say...let the bike have a few scars.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions everybody

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    Quick question about chain damage

    It's probably an aluminum bike. You don't need to touch it up. If it really bothers her, get a bottle of testors model paint. They make hundreds of colors. You'll find a match.

    For clarity: even if it's a steel bike, a scratch doesn't really need to be touched up. It would take decades of riding to impact the integrity of the frame.

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