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Scratched stantions:(

Feb. 18, 2012, 2:50 p.m.
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So I've scratched up my stantions:( Suggestions on repair? I'm looking for some cost sensitive alternatives.

Feb. 18, 2012, 3:01 p.m.
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how big is the scratch? i've heard of filling it with nail polish and sanding it down, but i've never done that myself

Feb. 18, 2012, 3:01 p.m.
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depends how scratched, but smaller ones can be buffed out with super fine grit paper or those fingernail buffers that cost a few cents at the London Drugs. Then fill the gouge with that grey epoxy stuff JB Weld. Buff again and you should be good. If it's not too bad.

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Feb. 18, 2012, 3:41 p.m.
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emery cloth to sand out any burs. clear nail polish to fill in the scratch. no need to sand the nail polish if you put it on thin coats and evenly.

Feb. 18, 2012, 5:54 p.m.
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Scratched, nicked many stantions in my day. Always used JB weld. Cheap from hardware store. Use thin layers to fill and let dry overnight and use fine grit sandpaper to sand down. Go slow with sanding.

Feb. 18, 2012, 6:44 p.m.
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Sand stanchion with 220 grit sandpaper until its smooth.

Feb. 18, 2012, 7:06 p.m.
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Sand stanchion with 220 grit sandpaper until its smooth.

Gonna assume you're making a joke.


Feb. 18, 2012, 7:14 p.m.
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Should be more like 1,000 grit.

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Feb. 18, 2012, 7:53 p.m.
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Obviously if you're in a hurry to go for a ride, you'll go the 220 - far quicker!

Cheers, Ben:P

Feb. 18, 2012, 8:05 p.m.
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Gonna assume you're making a joke.

Worked for me when I scratched the hell out of my stanchions. It did take the anodizing off that spot though. Cosmetically it was noticeable but there was no leakage or performance difference after.

Feb. 18, 2012, 8:27 p.m.
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220 is pretty coarseā€¦

Feb. 18, 2012, 8:29 p.m.
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But in retrospect 220 might be a bit rough. Anything over 400 is really fine grit though, you'll be sanding for a long time.

Feb. 18, 2012, 8:32 p.m.
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When I did mine I used 1000 grit, then filled the gouges with JB weld, then hit it with 1000 grit again. Then finished with wet sanding 2000 grit.

No seal/bushing issues for over 1 year.

Feb. 19, 2012, 7:43 p.m.
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1000 votes for the 1000 grit emery cloth. There's no reason to use anything coarser unless you want a rougher stanchion.

Feb. 19, 2012, 11:49 p.m.
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Thanks for the info people. I'm assuming that the JB Weld product is just as easy to use as nail polish? I had never even heard of this product so my knowledge is based upon my super quick google search. I'm trying to be a little more tech savvy:) And 1000 grit emery cloth it is!

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