Le Peug has been well-loved. There are a few deep scratches on the top tube and down tube, some of which have rusted over — not especially pretty.
I had been thinking since he arrived that a touch-up might not be a bad idea, so on Sunday morning I read a few posts on bike forum and decided I knew enough to give it a try. The process seemed simple: sand off rust, clean with alcohol, mask (if using spray can), apply primer, apply paint. One of the bike forum visitors even suggested a good match for white Peugeots: Duplicolor White Wheel Paint, which I thought I had a good chance of finding at the O’Reilly Auto Parts close to my house.
So we set out, into a blustery, windy day that was threatening rain. A quick ride, but the scenery from the O’Reilly parking lot was far from beautiful.
It’s hard to see, but that green blob is a bike route sign — though there’s nothing else to make the road more bike-friendly, unless they’re thinking that token sidewalk counts as a bike lane (for reference, the train tracks and scary underpass were to my back when I was taking this picture). It’s good to make drivers more aware that there could be bikes on the road, but identifying this stretch of road (or pike, as they say in Tennessee) as a bike route seems a bit much.
Back to my mission: the store had the etching primer but not the right white, unfortunately — and the rain in the air meant the humidity was probably too high to paint anyway. It was disappointing, but as I rode home, I realized it was a blessing in disguise, because it meant I had time to ask for reader expertise.
So readers. I know we’ve been asking a lot of you lately, but any tips? Is this something that an ambitious, somewhat handy person can accomplish on their own? I’ve painted a model, several pieces of furniture, and most of the interior of my house. Would I be better off just using some white nail polish instead of a spray can? (If I hadn’t read Dirtdrop’s comment in this thread, and seen the pictures of his partially repainted Peugeot, that’s what I would have leaned toward.) I’ll put up a couple of pics of the worst scratches tomorrow, when I can take a picture in daylight.