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2008 Vespa GTS 250ie
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Location: NH
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:10 pm quote
My GTS has a bunch of scratches following several incidents (most following an unfortunate trailer mishap involving my husbandís motorcycle). It came to me already a little banged up, but now there is much more. I donít think it will be worth having this repainted at the rate Iím going. So, if you were me, how would you deal with these? Stickers are an obvious choice, but what? Racing stripes and numbers? What?

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MP3 500, GTS 250 (both 2008 MY), 2012 Honda NC700 DCT
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Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:40 pm quote
I'm not a big fan of covering damage with stickers.
No real reason other than I don't have enough stickers....

It's not about the shine. Just ride it.
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
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Location: Adelaide
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:54 pm quote
Leave it as is. Its called 'character'.
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GTS 300ABS, Buddy 125, Buddy Kick 125
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:47 pm quote
Momnipotent2k wrote:
I donít think it will be worth having this repainted at the rate Iím going. So, if you were me, how would you deal with these?
Well, I can't tell you about how you will choose to deal with the damage. I can tell you what I would do. Is the scooter in mechanically good condition? Is this your favorite ride or are you considering trading up? If I liked this scooter and intended to keep it, I would definitely consider repainting it. Sure repainting is expensive, but you get any color(s) you want and it looks like new. Now that is me, but that is what I would do (and have done before).
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LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 7:43 pm quote
My vote would be to get it detailed and just ride it all polished up. It won't run any better repainted? Then again you could get a partial repaint. Just the sides.

That being said you could go two-tone like the old NSM guys. Maybe if you have a local motorbike fuel tank artistic guy? Need to find a colour that goes with silver?



The thing definitely not to do is to keep it and then paint it just before you sell it. It actually might be worth more in an honest condition, if you ever decide to sell it
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:28 pm quote
If there are depressions, they must first be grouted and in any case the paint must be scraped with abrasive paper and water; then a neutral background should be spread to protect the metal from rust, otherwise condensation bubbles will form under the adhesives. Better to repaint, it's more definitive...
Very nice Vespa graphics posted by waspmike, i am favorably impressed by the aesthetic lightness. Great.
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2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:23 am quote
Sledge wrote:
Leave it as is. Its called 'character'.
"Patina?"
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:51 am quote
What's "patina"...?
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:15 am quote
Attila wrote:
What's "patina"...?


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2013 Vespa GTS 300, 2007 Vespa LX150 (sold)
Joined: 05 Aug 2010
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Location: Rochester, NY
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:41 am quote
I unfortunately dropped mine last year. This is how I 'fixed' it.
I'm hoping to do the cannonball next year and there may be more than that to fix after it's over.

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Scratch Repairs

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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:00 am quote
Ouch..!
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GTS250
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Location: Columbus, OH
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:21 am quote
Opinions wanted
I ordered some flag stickers from car stickers dot com.
Flags of the countries I have visited where Scooters are popular.
Covered my drop scratches pretty well, I think.

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2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2006 Vespa GT (Crash): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
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Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:54 am quote
I put Rocket up on it's center stand on a gravel driveway when it was quite new.

I checked it's stability, then walked away.

Within a few seconds, it fell over on it's right side.

The gravel scratched it quite badly.

The incident ruined my day.

That was 12 years and 85,000 miles ago.

I never bothered to do anything about it.

There is a nice sense of freedom when riding around on a damaged scooter.

I recommend riding it.

Bill
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:30 am quote
The previous owner of my GTS applied a reflective rally stripe package that might work for you. Added benefit of more visibility when night riding.

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2018 GTS300 Super Sport - Donatello Vespace
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:53 am quote
kimbered wrote:
I unfortunately dropped mine last year. This is how I 'fixed' it.
I'm hoping to do the cannonball next year and there may be more than that to fix after it's over.
Nice rack!
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GT200 & GTS250 & NC750X & Royal Enfield Pegasus
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:13 am quote
Sledge wrote:
Leave it as is. Its called 'character'.
I agree.
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Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956 - Yamaha Majesty 250 DX 1998
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:39 am quote
Yes, it is cheaper and stands out ... however, i would make a grout where needed. (How do you spell bodywork "stucco"?)
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2013 Vespa GTS 300, 2007 Vespa LX150 (sold)
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Location: Rochester, NY
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:29 pm quote
Quote:
Nice rack!
Thanks, one of the Classic Racks!
Molto Verboso
Medley 150
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:08 pm quote
Attila wrote:
(How do you spell bodywork "stucco"?)
Bog.
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2015 Vespa GTS300 Super
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:02 pm quote
If it were me, I would make a half-assed attempt to stop future rust and touch-up the paint in the scrapped areas.

And I would also be happy that my scooter ran. Really, Really happy. In fact, are you interested in trading for a non-running (but non-scratched) 2015 GTS? jk -
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LXV 150 3v ie. Midnight Blue (Sold)
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Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:26 pm quote
kimbered wrote:
I unfortunately dropped mine last year. This is how I 'fixed' it.
I'm hoping to do the cannonball next year and there may be more than that to fix after it's over.


This I like

But this is slick as well.

Hooked
2018 Piaggio BV 350
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Location: NJ
Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:46 am quote
IF you repaint it, or if you don't, but you don't want more scratches, I say get some chrome around it. I love the look of the patina, but I also love when things look new and untouched. It's a personal choice that ultimately, you'll have to make. But if you don't want to get more damage on there, get the guards. My 2 cents.
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Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:08 am quote
As above. I understand you do not want to spend a lot of money on your 11 year old GTS, but most of the bodywork damage looks cosmetic and the scratches could be filled. Rather than trying to hide everything under stickers, why not make it a project to do a DIY repair. For the cost of a rattle can of spray paint, a bit of filler and wet and dry sandpaper, you could get a reasonably decent result. The money you would save on a professional body repair can then be put towards chrome crash bars. I think you would be surprised with the result and the new chrome would lead the eye away from any obvious signs of repair.
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Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:21 am quote
... de gustibus non est disputandum ...
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Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:47 am quote
Attila wrote:
Yes, it is cheaper and stands out ... however, i would make a grout where needed. (How do you spell bodywork "stucco"?)
Bondo on vehicles.
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2018 300 GTS Super
Joined: 13 Dec 2018
Posts: 63
Location: Southern California
Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:25 am quote
Nail Polish?
If nothing else, sealing over any bare metal spots with some clear nail polish will at the very least inhibit further rust development.
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Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:27 pm quote
Re: Nail Polish?
Sky Fort wrote:
If nothing else, sealing over any bare metal spots with some clear nail polish will at the very least inhibit further rust development.
I found a shade of red nail polish that was very close to the red of the Derbi we bought a few years ago for my son to practice on when he got his permit. You had to be pretty close to tell it was a repair. If I had felt like sanding a bit and putting some clear coat on I suspect you wouldn't be able to tell but since it was a "beater" I bout for under $1000 I didn't really want to invest much time. Especially since it was going to primarily be ridden by a 15 year old.
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Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:45 pm quote
I vote for using the Vespa touch up paint to cover the scratches. I his is inexpensive and easy. Itís not perfect but then if you get more scratches itís no big deal.

Bill
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2008 Vespa GTS 250ie
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Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:33 am quote
theschuman wrote:
And I would also be happy that my scooter ran. Really, Really happy. In fact, are you interested in trading for a non-running (but non-scratched) 2015 GTS? jk -
Haha! No. I love my banged-up, duct-taped (right side mirror) and reflector-on-each-side-missing 2008.
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2008 Vespa GTS 250ie
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Location: NH
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:48 am quote
Hey, thanks for the suggestions, everyone! Iíll see what I can do about touching up the scratches. I had been a little hesitant about stickers for the previous scrapes because I am so fickle that what looks good to me today might be eye roll-inducing next week. I definitely donít want to encourage rust though the rust patina on that scoot early on in the thread looks great, lol. The dents I can't do anything about myself. Crash bars - great idea as both future scratch-and-dent deterrent and touch-up distraction!
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Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:17 am quote
Cover any bare metal with primer before applying stickers will prevent rust under the sticker.
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2005 Vespa PX 150
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Location: Houston, Texas USA
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:05 pm quote
Re: Nail Polish?
cdwise wrote:
I found a shade of red nail polish that was very close to the red of the Derbi we bought a few years ago for my son to practice on when he got his permit.
+1
For my old black PX150 I found a nail polish pen at my local drug store that matched perfectly.
They sell them for artistically drawing on your nails (or your Vespa).
A good cosmetics store would probably have a bigger selection but I would bet silver would be a petty popular color for nail decoration.
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Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:36 pm quote
Re: Nail Polish?
Aiosi wrote:
cdwise wrote:
I found a shade of red nail polish that was very close to the red of the Derbi we bought a few years ago for my son to practice on when he got his permit.
+1
For my old black PX150 I found a nail polish pen at my local drug store that matched perfectly.
They sell them for artistically drawing on your nails (or your Vespa).
A good cosmetics store like this would probably have a bigger selection but I would bet silver would be a petty popular color for nail decoration.
It depends on the store you are looking at. For instance, I bu everything only in the shop having natural cosmetics. And it is great to use such reliable nes.
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Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:21 pm quote
Maybe look into vinyl wrap if the blemishes are making your eye twitch. Other than that, stickers. My Metropolitan is covered in them and it somehow added 2 extra horsepower. True story.
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