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Hello everyone! been reading the forums for years, but this is my first post.
i just picked up a 2010 S50-taormina orange! loving it so far.
the bike is in pretty good condition considering it's age , but does have usual scuff marks as well as light scratches.
wondering what products are recommended for this? also what is recommended for waxing or polishing?
i've been
riding a kitted fly50 for the last number of years and haven't these issues as the body is plastic 😀 ( and honestly i didn't care as much 😂)
also any kit recommendations for boosting the acceleration on 4 valve s50?
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You can use a car wash soap to clean off most dirt. You can use Dawn dish soap , but that will remove any wax protection; it actually is a great way to get the body prepped for the next step.

For stubborn scuffs or paint transfer, I recommend using a clay bar. This step is intended to lift any contaminants remaining on the paint. Bug residue, tar, boot scuff, paint transfer, and industrial fallout all wind up there. If you've never used clay bar before, you'll be stunned with the results. There are plenty of videos online on how to use clay bar and it's pretty easy to use and widely available. Be liberal with the lubricant and stop to fold the clay bar often.

After claying the scoot, another wash to remove any clay residue, then a light polishing compound to remove light scratches. If you've never used a buffer, go with a light polishing compound to avoid paint damage. Deep heavy scratches are best left to the pros.

A good polish is followed by applying a quality car wax. After polishing, there should be nothing left to protect the top layer clear coat. The newer synthetic or ceramic waxes are easy to apply and buff and will last longer.

Meguairs, Mother's, Griot's and Chemical Guys all make great products. There are a lot of boutique products out there as well, but that is a much deeper rabbit hole.
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use something before the wash mate.
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This one is extensive.
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I've historically just used Simple Green Extreme, a rag, and a hose.

I don't have an apartment, so I don't have access to any of that now. Basically just renting my Vespa from myself while I'm in California and sleeping in random places.

The other day someone scuffed up my front fender. Not sure how, but it mostly passes the spit test (looks less bad if I spit on it and wipe, which is supposed to be an indicator for how much waxing could repair it). I wonder if I'll end up going that far one day.

So frustrating! Someone knocked it over years ago and scraped my front fender. Wasn't worth the insurance claim to get it fixed, but bothered me every time I looked at it. Someone cut me off and cracked my fender last year. I was elated that it got rid of the scratches, so you can imagine how I feel to see if scuffed again not too long later.
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If the scratches are shallow, they should polish out. If they're quite deep, then some companies do make coloured waxes which help to fill and hide some of the marks.

Also, make sure you don't put any tyre finishes on. They're too slippery for motorbike / scooter tyres and can be quite dangerous - I almost made this mistake once!
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Most folks who own PTW's tend to use similar products used for automobiles.
But like many Vespa and motorcycle owners, I use S100 as a detergent and cleaner across the body and engine bay. After hosing the vehicle down, I dry it off and use Harley wax. Sometime in October/November I apply ACF50 to be bottom and on the wheel rims and the belt cover to provide protection against rust.
Generally speaking cleaning with a soapy water and some elbow grease does the job fine as well.
Hope you get to get the Vespa cleaned up and sparkling... I know I have to do a deep clean and wax in the few weeks hopefully one of the weekends is warm and sunny.
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I used car soap or even Dawn (hey, it cuts grease!) when I had my GTV, with microfiber cloths. A little dab of Scratch Doctor if necessary. I rarely did more than that, and it stayed sparkling.
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Thanks for the replies folks!!! much appreciated
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