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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 04:30 AM Thread Starter
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Had a very unfortunate accident with a tube of Supa Glue, that's the ethyl cyanoacrylate stuff. Standing too close my BB, the cap was on very tight. 'I'm sure there's a few drops left in here', then giving it hefty turn and squeeze, the contents spurted out. Now you don't get a second chance to wipe this sht off before it's dried on the surface and stuffed the paint.


I have a very long and obvious dribble down the right fork leg. Anyone know if there is a similar paint finish to the BB legs with which I could fudge a repair. I tried to dab over as small trial area with acetone in the hope it might soften the blemish and work/blend it into the texture. No go, only made it worse.


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Super glue becomes brittle quite quickly - perhaps your better leaving it and then try picking it off with your finger nails?
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Hey mate,
It's a bit of a long shot but that paint looks identical to the paint used on my Uneek 4x4 bullbar on the Colorado. You could get in touch with them ( I think they're in Melbourne) and ask what they would recommend as touch up paint - preferably in a spray can.
Failing that you may find a heat proof type paint like a pot belly black from the hardware store.
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Man, that sucks! A quick Google search finds a few comments about using a rag and hot water then hand cream and dish soap. About the only thing that doesn't seem like it would damage the paint. Acetone is the most common way to remove super glue but will likely damage the paint if not remove it all together. good luck.
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Hey mate,
It's a bit of a long shot but that paint looks identical to the paint used on my Uneek 4x4 bullbar on the Colorado. You could get in touch with them ( I think they're in Melbourne) and ask what they would recommend as touch up paint - preferably in a spray can.
Failing that you may find a heat proof type paint like a pot belly black from the hardware store.
Cheers Ben.
Ben, thanks for the tip, will give them a call tomorrow. As for hardware and pot belly black, might wing by Bunnings to check out their lines of specialised paint options and finishes. Most of the automotive VHT wrinkle paints are too coarse in texture.
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You could always leave it until a comfortable solution is found and instead wrap each leg in a mat black vinyl with the seam hidden behind. Iíve wrapped forks before and worked out pretty good.
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I went overboard cleaning the adhesive residue left after removing the fork reflectors. I ended up removing paint to the bare metal. I ended up touching it up/blending it with some Duplicolor semi gloss engine paint. I masked off everything and sprayed very light coats from a good distance away especially near masking tape lines. I sprayed over most of entire fork tube on one side. So far itís held up for a few months now and you can barely tell the difference from the left and right fork.
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Thanks for the tips fellas.


Rustoleum (https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-72.../dp/B000QD7J7I) has a textured black product which might do the trick. Guess I'll have to spray both legs to get a good match. Don't intend do a full masked up re-spray though, light dust from a distance as RRBuGGz75 suggests. Let you know how it turns out if I can find a retail outlet for this over here.
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Good news lads.


With nothing to loose and unable to find a good match for the black texture paint, decided to go up the acetone path. Realising the possible consequences, and with trepidation, carefully dabbed acetone onto the 'run' and lightly massaged the trickle with a clean cotton rag.


Don't know what paint type, acrylic or enamel (baked) but what ever it is, there was very little destructive chemical reaction so managed to gradually recover with almost nil evidence of the detracting spill.


Ahhhhh in relief.
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Good work mate, nice save! 😅
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