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Old 03-26-2012, 02:09 AM   #15
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rivet painting

an easy way to paint small objects (like rivets) is to stick them in a piece of styrofoam to hold them in the position you want, then use a spray can to coat them. For touch-up after installation a paper match works fine as a small brush and is one of the few things in this world that is still free.

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Old 03-26-2012, 04:12 AM   #16
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Finding the right color paint is the main issue for me.


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Old 03-26-2012, 09:31 AM   #17
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Same here, Perry. I first looked at all of the fingernail polish displays at Walmart. (It's nice, hard enamel.) No dice. Seems that women in the Taos area don't use colonial white. I guess one could order a fairly close match from a site that I ordered touch-up paint for the MG just this morning, but it is a little pricy: 20 bucks for a 1.5 ounce bottle. Here's a link to that site:

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:53 AM   #18
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I have not gotten far enough yet to go to the touch up paint at the auto parts store and see what I can find in a rattle can.

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:36 AM   #19
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Touch up paints at auto supply stores

What about the touch up paint vials at auto supply stores. Once you find the right color, the vials have a little brush in the cap. I've installed white rivets that get scuffed during installation and have to touch them up. I am going to try one soon.

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