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    Trying to Match Paint

    I just picked up a 1989 Bridgestone mb-3 with the black and gray paint. It's seen some use and the paint is chipped pretty well. Some spots have surface rust now. I've googled this and have read up on it, so I get the process of touching up paint.

    My question is what's the best way to match the gray paint, and what's the easiest? Is the car shop the best place for a small amount of touch up paint, or maybe my LBS?

    My plan is to ride it as a do-everything bike: commuting, light trail and fire road rides, and bikepacking, so I'm not looking to get it showroom ready. I just want to take care of the rust and prevent more.

    (Pictures to the appropriate thread once the new chain and what not are on.)

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefFlatFootNoBeard View Post
    My question is what's the best way to match the gray paint, and what's the easiest? Is the car shop the best place for a small amount of touch up paint, or maybe my LBS?
    The best way is probably an auto body shop but I would never ever do that. I've bought paint at an auto supply place like Kragen's and I've also just used good old nail polish.

    Your LBS will not have paint.

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    Most lbs have a selection of touch up paint

    Try an older trek or cannondale dealer and you might find a match

    Otherwise go to the hobby store <--- best bet
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    Most lbs have a selection of touch up paint

    Try an older trek or cannondale dealer and you might find a match

    Otherwise go to the hobby store <--- best bet

    Really? Is it in back? I don't think I've ever seen it. I suck lately!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Really? Is it in back? I don't think I've ever seen it. I suck lately!
    In the back, Its for those oh crap moments, or bikes that come not so fresh out the box.. It's not for sale

    Finding a match is at best a PITA
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Looks like a trip to AutoZone is in my immediate future. Maybe I'll just ride the mb-3 so I can compare right there.

    Thanks again.
    1989 Bridgestone mb-3
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefFlatFootNoBeard View Post
    Looks like a trip to AutoZone is in my immediate future. Maybe I'll just ride the mb-3 so I can compare right there.

    Thanks again.
    You should. I went to pick up white. How hard can white be? Well, they must have had a dozen whites....and that was from one company.

    Anyhow, have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefFlatFootNoBeard View Post
    I just picked up a 1989 Bridgestone mb-3 with the black and gray paint. It's seen some use and the paint is chipped pretty well. Some spots have surface rust now. I've googled this and have read up on it, so I get the process of touching up paint.

    My question is what's the best way to match the gray paint, and what's the easiest? Is the car shop the best place for a small amount of touch up paint, or maybe my LBS?

    My plan is to ride it as a do-everything bike: commuting, light trail and fire road rides, and bikepacking, so I'm not looking to get it showroom ready. I just want to take care of the rust and prevent more.

    (Pictures to the appropriate thread once the new chain and what not are on.)

    Thanks
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