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I have a small area of scratches measuring maybe 1/2" . I was wondering about the best way of repairing this with either a touch up paint or using the scratch remover liquid like g3? I suppose it depends on the depth of the scratch. I didn't want to create any swirl marks on the paint as the gloss black shows any imperfections. Anybody done a repair job they're proud of?
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Unless you have it sprayed by a shop it will stand out.
Looks like a great place for a small sticker to me
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Unless you have it sprayed by a shop it will stand out.
Looks like a great place for a small sticker to me
I've got to agree. You can get the paint but unless you are very talented it will stick out. It actually does look like a good spot for a sticker.

Not sure if it would have helped here but crash bars are your friend if you are worried about scratches on the cowling. I know mine have saved me from a few marks.
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Stickers are a nice cheap fix, but I would get a quote from a car body repair specialist. You might be surprised how reasonable the cost would be to have a small area like this repaired. Then as Harbinger suggests, if you intend keeping your scoot long-term, invest in a pair of crash bars.
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Stickers are a nice cheap fix, but I would get a quote from a car body repair specialist. You might be surprised how reasonable the cost would be to have a small area like this repaired. Then as Harbinger suggests, if you intend keeping your scoot long-term, invest in a pair of crash bars.
FYI: Two hardest colors to match, Black and white.
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Stickers are a nice cheap fix, but I would get a quote from a car body repair specialist. You might be surprised how reasonable the cost would be to have a small area like this repaired. Then as Harbinger suggests, if you intend keeping your scoot long-term, invest in a pair of crash bars.
FYI: Two hardest colors to match, Black and white.
Oh, Portofino green can be a pain too, don't ask me how I know I did have a body shop repair a scratch and they did an amazing job. Not cheap though and a lot of places really prefer the part being removable. Not so easy with a Vespa... So a shop can repair it for sure but it will not be cheap. Still absolutely worth getting a few quotes.

Like anything pristine the first marks really hurt but after a while you get over it. Good luck with whatever you decide! DIY though yeah not easy unless you have done it before. It sounds really easy but it isn't.
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It looks like scratches in the lacquer. A body shop showed me a trick. Try some lacquer thinner on a rag and rub it down to see if you can smooth out the lacquer. Try it on an area you don't see to get a feel for it.

Also have a look at the techniques this guy uses.

https://youtu.be/yAOsEAF8hng

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lacquer? Not in new paint. Water based.
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Ace Tony
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Be very mindful of touching your paint with laquer thinner or Acetone, easy to make it worse. That said, a small quantity sprinkled over a paper towel can produce surprisingly good results with a LIGHT wipe.

I'm going through this on long-stored ISO in Dragon Red. About 2/3s of the scratches needed ONLY the wipe with Acetone. For the rest - deeper gouges, Touch-Up Direct here in the U. S. And A. sent me a paint pencil, a 2-oz "nail polish" container and an aerosol can. All match perfectly. Perhaps there are similar vendors on your side.

Once you build up a paint layer, let it dry a few days and come back with rubbing compound and smooth it back down. Need a buffer machine or get some Full Synthetic elbow grease - it can take a while with Fine compound, which I recommend.
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See my top case? Yeah let me just say the stickers aren't all there because I like stickers.... fortunately I do so it works out in the end.
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Ok great thanks for the advice. I think perhaps a quote from a paint specialist wont hurt once normality resumes. I'm hesitant about attempting a fix myself as I dont have experience in this sort of thing and would be devastated to make anything worse as the scooters only 8 months old. I suppose this is what you get for ordering a scooter without looking at it close up first. A stickers a good idea though very clever!
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Also ive been trying my best to get hold of some faco rear crash bars as they look the best in my opinion. Can't seem to get them for a 2019 zapma37000.
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If you can apply nail polish - and hey! no judgement here! - you can daub on color-matched paint with the little brush after a light acetone wipe. It may not be perfect, but after polishing you won't be able to see the damage from 6 feet - sorry, 2 Metres - away. Auto and moto painters might be able to restore Showroom Perfection, but they don't work cheap as a rule.
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I can also vouch for the nail polish trick, if you're up for it. Yeah, it'll stand out to anyone who's really looking, but it likely won't stand out nearly as much as the scratches themselves do. I did that on my ivory GTV, and nobody noticed unless I pointed it out. It's been a while since I needed anything, but I know ScooterWest carried touch up paint kits, too.
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Also ive been trying my best to get hold of some faco rear crash bars as they look the best in my opinion. Can't seem to get them for a 2019 zapma37000.
Take note, they look good but are very close to the body, which may allow them to contact the body if it does fall. That's why I didn't get those.
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Biggest problem with Nail Polish is it is not UV resistant and will fade fast than the paint over time.
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