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Old 10-11-2013, 07:52 AM
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What's the advice on paint chips? I have a 185, so green, that has a chip in the paint. I'd like to fill it in and I read either here or on the Facebook page that there's a paint pen that is preferred. I can't find the post now. any ideas?
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:16 AM
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I don't know about the paint pens as I've never used them. I use Testor's enamel model paint and a tiny brush.
With your 185 you may have to buy several colors and blend them to achieve a color match.

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Honestly, I'd live with the paint chip. These machines have a history and a paint chip or many paint chips are something most of us live with and can appreciate. I suspect that if you trying to color match and paint it, it will look much worse than leaving it alone.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:48 AM
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Honestly, I'd live with the paint chip. These machines have a history and a paint chip or many paint chips are something most of us live with and can appreciate. I suspect that if you trying to color match and paint it, it will look much worse than leaving it alone.
I can do that! I will liken it to my "tiger stripes" from having all my kids I wouldn't want to try to fill all those in lol
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I agree with Joe. I had a chip right in the center of the bed of my machine, right underneath the arm. How it got there, I'll never know. It always caught my eye. I finally went to the local train/model/hobby shop and picked out the closest beige for my Rocketeer. I tested the Testor paint underneath the machine first to see if it matched or if I'd need to buy another color to mix. Luckily, it was pretty close. I used someone else's suggestion and used a toothpick instead of a brush. I put a tiny dot of paint in the chip and let it spread outward. This didn't fill the chip completely, so I did it again, also with a tiny amount of paint.

After it dried, you could see that the paint was slightly different, but I wasn't trying to match exactly, I just didn't want that chip to constantly catch my eye, being in the center of the bed. It was good enough that I touched up a couple of other chips around the edge of the machine too. That was a year ago and, until now, I hadn't thought about that chip again.

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Originally Posted by Living4Him View Post
I can do that! I will liken it to my "tiger stripes" from having all my kids I wouldn't want to try to fill all those in lol
Yup, exactly! I've seen too many machines that people have tried to patch and well....none have been good repairs.
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Originally Posted by Candace View Post
Honestly, I'd live with the paint chip. These machines have a history and a paint chip or many paint chips are something most of us live with and can appreciate. I suspect that if you trying to color match and paint it, it will look much worse than leaving it alone.
I LUV this reply as I was also wondering what to do about them. Thank you
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Originally Posted by Candace View Post
Honestly, I'd live with the paint chip. These machines have a history and a paint chip or many paint chips are something most of us live with and can appreciate. I suspect that if you trying to color match and paint it, it will look much worse than leaving it alone.
Thanks, Candace. You just solved my problem as I had a few paint chips on the face plate of my green Singer 185J. I think I will just let it be and not try to fix it.
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