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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sun May 12, 2019 7:16 am quote
Tierney wrote:
If you sand out those scratches. you will most likely remove most of the paint. It look like someone was using a DA sander without the sufficient knowledge to operate it. Or something got under the pad when said person was sanding and could not be bothered to look at what they were doing. My buddy in FL would say "that's what you get when you smoke the cheap stuff".
I donít think they go trough the paint, but they are quite deep. Donít know what to do with it..
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Sun May 12, 2019 7:30 am quote
Iíve said this before. Nine times out of 10 when you strip a re-spray hoping to uncover nice original paint you find stuff like this. Most people donít paint perfectly good bikes. They do re-sprays to cover up unsightly dings, scapes, cuts, dents, and assorted boo boos like this.

It looks like someone put a buffing or sanding pad on a drill and applied to much pressure, and the mandrel dug into the paint.

The only way to remove scratches like that is to sand them out.
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Sun May 12, 2019 7:42 am quote
Patience and the least grit possible...
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Sun May 12, 2019 9:41 am quote
Yeah why not. Might as well give it a go.

Get a flat foam sanding block, a bucket of water, a towel, and some sheets of 600, 1000, 1500, and 2000 wet sandpaper.

The idea is to remove the paint surrounding the scratches with progressively finer grits of paper down to the bottom level of the scratches so the scratches arenít visible. The scratches left by the finest sandpaper can then be buffed out.

Iíd probably start with 600 grit but you may want to start with 1000.

Put a little dishwashing liquid in the water to keep the paper from clogging up and soak the paper for a few minutes before you start.

Start sanding in an inconspicuous place. Use long strokes. Donít press too hard but keep even pressure on the sanding block.

Stop every few passes, wipe the surface with the towel, and check your work.

When you canít feel the scratches, switch to the next highest grit paper to sand out the scratches left from the previous grit. Then go to the next highest grit to remove the scratches left from that paper. And so on. Rubbing compound will remove 2000 grit sanding marks.

Like Tierney said, if the scratches are deep youíre going to need to take off quite a bit of paint before they start to disappear. You may decide it isnít worth it.

Good luck.
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sun May 12, 2019 11:16 am quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Yeah why not. Might as well give it a go.

Get a flat foam sanding block, a bucket of water, a towel, and some sheets of 600, 1000, 1500, and 2000 wet sandpaper.

The idea is to remove the paint surrounding the scratches with progressively finer grits of paper down to the bottom level of the scratches so the scratches arenít visible. The scratches left by the finest sandpaper can then be buffed out.

Iíd probably start with 600 grit but you may want to start with 1000.

Put a little dishwashing liquid in the water to keep the paper from clogging up and soak the paper for a few minutes before you start.

Start sanding in an inconspicuous place. Use long strokes. Donít press too hard but keep even pressure on the sanding block.

Stop every few passes, wipe the surface with the towel, and check your work.

When you canít feel the scratches, switch to the next highest grit paper to sand out the scratches left from the previous grit. Then go to the next highest grit to remove the scratches left from that paper. And so on. Rubbing compound will remove 2000 grit sanding marks.

Like Tierney said, if the scratches are deep youíre going to need to take off quite a bit of paint before they start to disappear. You may decide it isnít worth it.

Good luck.
Geez, thanks for this explanation!
Few questions if you don't mind:
You say to switch to the next grit when I don't feel the scratches. Do you mean by hand? Or with my nail?
I was reading a bit this afternoon, and people advised 2000, 2500 and 3000.
What do you think?

In general: I only have this on the front of my legshield, especially on the right side (when in front of the scoot). Fortunately not on the rest!

Thanks again!
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sun May 12, 2019 11:23 am quote
Btw: it looks worse on picture
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Sun May 12, 2019 1:22 pm quote
Well you said the gouges were deep. Wouldnít hurt to start with a finer grit, itíll just take longer. After youíve done it a few times you get a feel for how much paint you can safely remove with different grits. The scratches will get fainter and fainter as you sand the surrounding paint. You donít want them to completely disappear until youíve used the finest grit, if that makes sense.

When youíre finished sanding the paint will look hazy. Youíll have to rub the final final sanding scratches out with compound. A rotary buffer or d.a. polisher will be helpful.
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Sun May 12, 2019 1:38 pm quote
Iíd just go until they no longer bug you, not necessarily until they are gone.
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sun May 12, 2019 2:19 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Well you said the gouges were deep.
Thatís true. Donít laugh, but I said that based on the pictures
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Mon May 13, 2019 1:26 am quote
OK. Went to a car shop this morning for advise.

This is the plan:

1. Wet sand with 3M Trizac P3000
2. Compound with 3M Fst Cut Plus Extreme
3. Polish with 3M Extra Fine Plus

Would you guys do the complete Vespa with one of these steps in order to blend the problematic area into the rest?

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For wet sanding, on the DA.

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Compound and polish afterwards.

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Mon May 13, 2019 10:48 am quote
You've got the goods right there. You may not have to sand the whole bike but Iíd definitely compound and polish it. Prepare to be amazed. PerfectIt is good stuff.
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Mon May 13, 2019 11:57 am quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
You've got the goods right there. You may not have to sand the whole bike but Iíd definitely compound and polish it. Prepare to be amazed. PerfectIt is good stuff.
Yep. Thatís the plan. Wetsand the problematic areaís and then compound and polish the whole bike.
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Mon May 13, 2019 12:14 pm quote
+1 on perfect it
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Tue May 14, 2019 1:40 am quote
Went to pickup the 3M Trizact 3000 grit this morning. Decided to buy a 1000 grit as well. Will still start with the 3000, but if that doesn't work I'll switch to 1000 and then again 3000. Also bought an interface pad, to be sure to be able to follow the curve!
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Sat May 18, 2019 10:31 am quote
Okay.. The misses has a new kitchen, and was organizing it today, so had some time to work on the Vespa...

Lost some paint in the process, but like the outcome!

First wetsanded to get rid of most of the scratches, then the first product (Fast Cut Plus Extreme). Then the second one (Extra Fine Plus). The second one gave some white spiccles, so I stopped using it.

Put the cowls back on, replaced the front and rear brake cables, put a rear brake light switch on it.

Feeling a bit sad about the paint that's gone on the legshield, but on this scoot that doesn't have to ba an issue.

Thoughts?

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90% of the scratches gone, but also some paint..

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Sat May 18, 2019 12:27 pm quote
oh my gosh!
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sat May 18, 2019 12:46 pm quote
hibbert wrote:
oh my gosh!
Is that Oh my gosh ?
Or oh my gosh ?

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Sat May 18, 2019 12:48 pm quote
Good work! Now just get that last bit of green off, clean the wheels up and ride that thing with pride.
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Sat May 18, 2019 12:51 pm quote
the first one DD with thumbs up!
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Sat May 18, 2019 1:01 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Good work! Now just get that last bit of green off, clean the wheels up and ride that thing with pride.
Thanks!
Gonna put the seat on as well first
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sat May 18, 2019 1:06 pm quote
On that last pic, it seems the back wheel is out of line. What to do?
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Sat May 18, 2019 2:18 pm quote
DD_VES wrote:
On that last pic, it seems the back wheel is out of line. What to do?
Change your motor mounts. They are rubber and deforms over the years. Can be done with the motor in but easier with motor out.

BTW, Great job!!!
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sun May 19, 2019 4:34 am quote
Checked it today, and a big part of the problem is the angle of the picture. After summer Iím going to rebuild the engine, and Iíll do the bushings then.
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Thu May 23, 2019 11:36 am quote
It's alive (again)!

Still quite some work to do..

Set the brakes
check the plug, and if necessary the carburettor. I feel it's a little rich at the moment
Replace a few cables
Foot rails
Chrome around legshield and on cowls
Clean the rims
etc...

But still happy it's back on the road. Weather is quite nice here for the moment.. So..

Piccies!

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Thu May 23, 2019 3:12 pm quote
nothing wrong with that scoot at all! Nice job!
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Thu May 23, 2019 4:21 pm quote
Not a fan of the rear seat but rest of the scoot looks killer. Huge improvement, nice work.
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Thu May 23, 2019 5:24 pm quote
WOW - what a transformation! Great job. I cannot wait to get mine back on the road now!!!
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Thu May 23, 2019 6:02 pm quote
Congratulations! It must be very satisfying to have gotten it to this point!
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Thu May 23, 2019 9:43 pm quote
SoCalGuy wrote:
Not a fan of the rear seat but rest of the scoot looks killer. Huge improvement, nice work.
Me neither. Itíll go.
Either just the rack, or the original duoseat which I find more comfy than these soloseats anyway.
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Fri May 24, 2019 5:41 am quote
Got rid of the solo seats. I'm to close to my handlebars and also to high.

Bought a duo this morning. Was going to restore the original one, but it appeared to be a Lambretta seat


Also went for a ride again!

The little guy on the scoot is not me, it's Max, my son

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Fri May 24, 2019 5:42 am quote
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Fri May 31, 2019 8:19 am quote
Vintage steel transportation

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Fri May 31, 2019 9:10 am quote
very cool man dig the photo's son looks cool I like the helmet! I hear you on the seat, tried it on a small frame but at 6'2" it gets cramped. Bench looks good too.
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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Fri May 31, 2019 12:30 pm quote
Another one..

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Molto Verboso
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Fri May 31, 2019 4:41 pm quote
Cool pictures! And I'm diggin the bench seat. I'm going to do the same!
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Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:34 am quote
Another one, in front off and old... steel factory!

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Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:54 am quote
All aboard!

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'63 VBB2T - '18 300 GTS Super Notte
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Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:35 pm quote
My 16 yo daughter Sarah said she could take better pictures.. So she took her iPhone, we took the Vespa and... she's right

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Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:39 am quote
fantastic work and nice pictures.

now go ride and enjoy
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:04 am quote
Yes your daughter takes nice photos too
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