Crack of doom or scratch in topcoat?

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  • Crack of doom or scratch in topcoat?
  • My one (ageing) MTB (’08 P7) was getting the spring go-over yesterday and I noticed a few rusty stains on the paint, mostly around the braze-on bosses, cable guides etc. So reminded that is due for a good look inside and possible respray as soon as time and funds allow. No biggie. But then I noticed this at the top of the seatstay:

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    As it runs counter to the joint I’m assuming it’s just a deep scratch in coating. Grateful if any knowledgeable bods could weigh in with opinions ie will I die in the flaming wreckage 😬

    *Orange want £200 for a respray, yoiks! At least I’d get free decals.

    Looks like a scratch, It doesn’t follow the weld line.

    dovebiker
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    Looks like a paint crack – cracks rarely start in the middle of nowhere, they usually start from a point of weakness / stress raiser

    montgomery
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    Just a scratch. This is a cracked weld:

    As was this:

    And, if you don’t notice it early enough under the mud, this happens…

    As hoped, phew. Thnks all. Back to happy polishing!

    Premier Icon lovewookie
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    @montgomery, what’s that, two fishers and a trek?

    montgomery
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    Two Fisher Supercalibers and a Klein Attitude – had a run of bad luck in the early noughties, but still find myself clearing mud away from BB welds for a look if I’ve got a hard-to-diagnose creak.

    Premier Icon gooner69
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    That link in pic led me to a page full of shite and then a “windows locked out page” that started saying “to unlock call blah blah blah and give us some money etc”

    Best check that out op

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