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GTS 300 Super
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Location: Florida
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:11 am quote
Has anyone tried fixing a scrape or scratch by repainting part of the scooter? I ordered the right primer, paint and clearcoat, as well as various grit sandpapers; and tried to repair some scratches with spray paint cans. The first few steps went well (I followed some videos on YouTube). I sanded down the area, applied primer, sanded again, and then applied the right color paint. But everything went to hell when I applied the clear coat. I'm painting the front of the scooter, where the horn cover is, and the front fender. I guess you are supposed to put the clear coat on heavy, but if I do that it runs like crazy. If I put it on light, I get more of a mat finish, not the shiny finish the rest of the bike has. So, my question is, does anyone know if there is some trick to applying clearcoat to a vertical surface? How do you apply thick coats without the paint running?
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GTS 300 Super
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Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:43 am quote
Stickers
Maybe I'll just buy some stickers....
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Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:57 am quote
I thought you would do multiple thin coats of clear coat?
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GTS 300 Super
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Location: Florida
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:54 pm quote
Multiple Coats
I don't know. Maybe that's the answer. I applied a few light coats of clear coat and the finish is mat like. Maybe I should just keep applying it....
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Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:16 pm quote
First off, what kind of paint are you using?
Second, with rattle can clears you normally need to apply multiple light coats, WET SAND between each coat, then apply a final “wet” coat.
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GTS 300 Super
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Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:03 pm quote
Paint
I am using "touch up direct" rattle cans. I wet sanded before and after the primer but that's it. The white paint went on perfect. It is just the last step I am having trouble with: the clear coat.
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Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:14 am quote
Re: Paint
1112GTS300 wrote:
I am using "touch up direct" rattle cans. I wet sanded before and after the primer but that's it. The white paint went on perfect. It is just the last step I am having trouble with: the clear coat.
I'm not familiar with the exact paint you're using but I've always found 1k acrylic lacquer to need a very fine wet sand/buff after paint has hardened to get a good shine. Somebody more skilled than me might get it to go on better though.

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Rich
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Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:58 pm quote
Re: Paint
1112GTS300 wrote:
I am using "touch up direct" rattle cans. I wet sanded before and after the primer but that's it. The white paint went on perfect. It is just the last step I am having trouble with: the clear coat.
Never used touch up direct. There are a lot of variables involved in spray painting, and getting a good, smooth, clear top coat is not easy, especially with rattle cans. Sometimes humidity can cause the finish to be milky. Can you post a picture? You might also give touch up direct a call.
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Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:19 pm quote
Rubbing compound. Don't worry what the clear looks like, just lay down a single thick or multiple coats, sand down any defects and buff it out.

pro results with a spray can
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GTS 300 Super
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:44 am quote
Clear Coat Advice
If anyone wants to know how this story ended, I'll tell you. I tried laying the clear coat on thick and not worrying about runs. It turns out it is pretty easy to remove a run. Check out the videos on you tube. Let the clear coat dry for at least a couple days. Gently and slowly scrape off the runs with a razor. Wet sand with 1,000 to 2,000 grit. Buff and polish. And the end result looks great!!!
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Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:20 pm quote
Re: Clear Coat Advice
1112GTS300 wrote:
If anyone wants to know how this story ended, I'll tell you. I tried laying the clear coat on thick and not worrying about runs. It turns out it is pretty easy to remove a run. Check out the videos on you tube. Let the clear coat dry for at least a couple days. Gently and slowly scrape off the runs with a razor. Wet sand with 1,000 to 2,000 grit. Buff and polish. And the end result looks great!!!
Awesome!! But where are the pictures?
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