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Hi everyone.

Stupidly I dropped my Vespa, and I know it's part of owning a scooter for things to happen.

I also know that probably more scratches will happen and so don't want to bring it to the shop just yet.

Wondering what are the steps I need to take to touch it up myself. I ordered the touch up paint but I'm still confused.

Do I sand it first? (Any recommendations on the size of the sand paper?)

Do I paint afterwards? Anything else needed?

Please advise. Total noob here. Thanks in advance!
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Welcome.
YouTube has plenty of vids on painting. You'll learn that you should ride your scoot until you're no longer a noob. Then you can have a pro do it or buy a new bike and use this scoot as a beater.
I learned that if you don't clear coat the whole bike(or section) after the touch up, you'll have problems with adhesion. Paint doesn't stick to cured paint unless you sand the surface with 600-800 grit. The edges of the touch up won't be happy or look the way you want it. We are our own worst critics.
I'm thinking crash bars on the new bike
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Rocket fell over after I parked it in gravel.

It was maybe one year old at the time.

The gravel scratched it up real good.

I never repaired it.

That was almost 15 years ago.

The scratches didn't dampen the joy I get out of riding at all.

Your scrape looks minor.

I had a similar one on my Xmax.

I bought a little touch up kit at Autozone.

Applied it and can't see the scrape at all anymore.

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Sorry about the scratches!

I bought some roundel stickers and put them over the scratches after adding some touch up paint to prevent rust. The stickers are fine and added a little bit of flair. They also act as a daily reminder of why I can't have nice things.
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tis but a flesh wound!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of Modern Vespa, scooters and dumped bikes...

As for the scratches... welcome to the club. After 30 years on motorcycles I was used to standing astride my bike with the weight of the bike against my leg while doing up my helmet. Doesn't work with my no gas tank in the middle so over went my new GTS. Lucky I had bars around the back to take most of the damage... don't have em? Get em!
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Sorry.

Are you okay?
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Welcome! So sorry about your boo-boo. Crash bars are life savers when it comes to dents and scratches.

I'd just do a little camouflage with touch-up paint and maybe a fun sticker, then tell everyone you meet thereafter that you bought it pre-damaged for a discount. Razz emoticon
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That's no too bad.
Here's my usual "first do no harm" approach. Pick off any loose flakes. When your paint arrives, pick up a 00 brush at a hobby shop to paint only the bare metal, keeping inside the chip or scratch. Let dry completely between coats Once it's done, leave it alone.
Sanding or spray-canning just enlarges the blemish. YMMV
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Agree with above. Use touch up paint and paint just the chip. Don't use too much as it could run on a vertical surface. Use follow on coat(s) if needed.
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I agree with you that I don't want to see deep scratches or gravel rash on my scooter. I certainly feel your pain. On the other hand, professional quality repairs to metal bodywork and paint are quite difficult. Being a noob to scooters has nothing to do with it. Similar repairs to damage on the body of a car are equally difficult. You wouldn't try to do significant repairs to body damage on a car in your driveway and a Vespa is no different. You have 3 choices really. Leave it alone and live with it as some suggest. Do minimal touchup with bottled touchup paint (which won't look great but may suit you better than doing nothing). Or have professional work done by a body shop which will likely involve sanding and repainting the entire panel at some expense. Your call.
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Make an equal scratch on the good side and your Vespa is a special version of the famous Italian artist Giovanni Graffio.
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Unless looks matter to ya, don't bother fixing it, ride it.
As Greasy says it is a flesh wound at best
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Yh shit happens I didn't get mine brand new and it had 2 very minimal scratches I'd recommend doing a small touch up as if left they could get rusty which's looks far worse than just some small imperfect paintwork. Then after a good few years of bumps and scrapes you could get the panel done professional or move onto a new bike and use this as a beater and cover it in stickers
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Thank you all for the welcomes and the recommendations/suggestions!

Will take them into an account for sure.

For the person who asked me if I'm okay, I am. And at the end of the day that's what it matters.

Thanks to those who also shared their scratches stories. It's good to not feel alone!

For now, will definitely not bring it to the shop yet because it's too soon, let it have more scratches and the like first.

I will still ride it obviously and will just try to do minimal touch up with paint just because I don't want it to get rusty (as I've heard it might).

For those who suggested stickers can you be kind to indicate me some shops or links? Thanks.

Once again thank you all!
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I love my LXV150IE but I have laid it down, dropped it, bruised it and ya, kinda abused it. I am thinking it needs some shop time for some maintenance stuff like new belt and rollers, clean those fuel injectors and I would SO love to have it stripped and painted a lovely shade of red…. It's not my work ride, cuz between the brace and waterproof boots I wear for work I have difficulty getting the foot of that right leg to get it up on the center stand.
So, sympathy for the scratches but mint in the box is for collector Barbie dolls, who actually rarely are worth what you paid for them and Piaggio designed their rides for riding, for hauling, for working and mine do all of that. The Liberty doesn't 'haul freight' well, I did put on the metal pad that the top box would mount on, but design wise, it's just not built for hauling much, the LXV150IE, with those touring racks, standard with my 2016 makes it easy to haul lots, groceries and other stuff.
It's yours, do it your way, just remember the impound yard is never a good home for your scooter and they do Not have wings.
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Total noob here.
Polish with scratch remover. Leave as battle scars. Trying to fix it you have a high probability of making it worse.



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Thank you all for the welcomes and the recommendations/suggestions!

Will take them into an account for sure.

For the person who asked me if I'm okay, I am. And at the end of the day that's what it matters.

Thanks to those who also shared their scratches stories. It's good to not feel alone!

For now, will definitely not bring it to the shop yet because it's too soon, let it have more scratches and the like first.

I will still ride it obviously and will just try to do minimal touch up with paint just because I don't want it to get rusty (as I've heard it might).

For those who suggested stickers can you be kind to indicate me some shops or links? Thanks.

Once again thank you all!
across my years i've always had a saying when people were in a wreck: we can fix bikes, we can't replace people.

ride safe and don't pet the sweaty stuff. this little bump barely moves the needle. no worries.

also, local record shop could probably use a little influx of cash... and you could always need another record... so, win-win on that one.

(or a friend's band, splash the cash for the t-shirt and get the sticker)
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Relax_Green wrote:
Hi everyone.

Stupidly I dropped my Vespa, and I know it's part of owning a scooter for things to happen.

I can't see anything worth repainting over.
Your favorite fun sticker should do the trick.
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