MC Tested: Color Rite Touch-Up Pens

By Ari Henning, Photography by Joe Neric

Scratches, nicks and gouges in your bike's paint are inevitable. An errant wrench, your jacket zipper, a slipped tire iron ... the causes are many, the irritation and frustration the same. Any painter will gladly repair the chips and scrapes for you-for a small fortune-but with Color Rite's touch-up pens, you can get the job done yourself a lot faster and cheaper.

For less than the price of a faux-carbon graphics kit, I picked up an assortment of paint pens to clean up my bike's appearance. It doesn't matter if you need it for the wheels, frame, tank or bodywork, Color Rite has the hue you need. And since the company works closely with the manufacturers, the color is guaranteed to be a perfect match. There's no need to look up a color code or call your dealer, either. An online selection tool lists paint by bike model, with notes on which parts the color is used.

Using one of the pens is as easy as shaking it, uncapping it and drawing the marking tip across the offending blemish. The chisel-shaped point works well for precise detail work as well as covering larger areas. As expected, the color match is exact, and once the clear top coat (also in pen form) is rubbed out with a buffing compound, the original mark is virtually unnoticeable.

Color Rite has been mixing up paint for decades, so even if you ride an older machine, odds are they have product for it. OEM-recommended and approved paints are also available in 2-ounce brush-bottles, aerosol cans and larger quantities.

Color Rite Touch-Up Pens
Price: $15.95

Conctact: Color Rite
www.colorrite.com

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
An easy, affordable, effective way to touch up your pride and joy's finish.

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