Chip on frame

willo78 Posts: 43
edited March 2012 in Workshop
Hi all,

I have a chip on the frame of my new frame. Is there anything I can do short term to avoid corrosion?



  • rake
    rake Posts: 3,204
    yes. put some paint on it.
  • or nail polish
    worst moment ever...
    buzzing down twisting single track then.... psssst BANG!!!
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,565
    Is it an Alu frame? Ignore it, it ll be fine. Mine is covered in them.
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • mattyg2004
    mattyg2004 Posts: 196
    Could be carbon :lol::lol::lol:
  • willo78
    willo78 Posts: 43
    Not sure about the frame type, it's a boardman hybrid team.

  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,565
    but it's metal...?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • FRAME: Lightweight alloy, triple butted, tapered steerer

    Its alloy
  • g00se
    g00se Posts: 2,221
    Aluminium is 'self sealing' with respect to most corrosion. On bare metal,it'll soon get a dull white/grey finish as it corrodes. However, the corrosion isn't porous like iron rust, so the metal underneath is protected from the elements by the corrosion itself.

    The only time to worry about it is if the bare metal is exposed to winter road salt- then a chemical reation occurs where the protective white corrosion is compromised by the salt solution and the aluminium is corroded further and further into the frame.

    So if it's a chip on the frame, you're fine - it it's on the bottom of the chain stays or bottom bracket and you're riding all conditions in the winter, you will want to clean it, scrape out the crudand seal it with some kind of laquer.
  • Yossie
    Yossie Posts: 2,600
    Pop some tuch up paint, nail varnish or clear lacquer on otherwise there is a high risk of filiform forming between thr paint/frame.
  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Filiform forming? That's easy for you to say.