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I know of a good deal on scooter, but it is an odd dark matte color (nero abisso, I think)
I was joking with seller that "a minor scratch would buff right out!" and his response was, not with that finish!

What' s a dude to do?
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Yep, no buffing on matte paint. Also, need to make sure you don't use any "wash and wax" shampoos or they'll leave a streaky finish.

You can wash the bike down with washing up liquid if you wanted to, so very easy. No need to polish, wax or treat the paint.

But personally, you need to consider any marks like a patina that tell a story.

I personally have grown quite fond of the "no fuss" approach to paint care.
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I failed to fully describe my feelings... the matte finish is not the only thing, it's its pairing with the black color.
Reminds me of the flat black I use to rehab old film camera chambers!
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Matte black wasn't my first choice, but it was a good deal and the colour has really grown on me. If I was to buy a Vespa now, it would be one of my top colour choices.

Mine came as standard with some red details, but if not - adding a few coloured bits of trim, or even some stickers can create quite a cool look.
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I always wanted a "46" (Valentino's race number) on a cycle, so it may be the one, but I am not sure how it would work on black!
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Could be a cool look!
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I wanted a new Piaggio BV 400. The 3 colors were a glossy Orange ( pretty but too flashy for me), Nero black mat ( actually very dark blue w/matt black, and the mat silver/black that I bought. Being an old guy and only been around glossy painted vehicles I wasn't sure how much I'd like the mat paint. After using the Chemical guys Jet seal, as per directions, then their Meticulous mat detail solution-I have to admit the paint is very easy to keep clean. No soap. Just water on a micro fiber cloth or a little of the Meticulous detailer and all is good. This paint is just as durable. If you deep scratch it through the clear coat and base paint your just as bad off as if I'd was regular glossy paint. However ,I believe that touch up on glossy paint is a much easier fix. I did see a thread on a Ducati forum that successfully buffed a silver/charcoal to a 85-90% glossy finish using Meguires detail polish. It looked really good. The trick -the owner said -was to buff back/forth by hand and NOT use a circular buffer. Anyway I'm happy w/mine.
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I have the Blu Energico Matte 2023 GTS300 Tech. If anyone has thoughts on how to best wash and protect the matte finish, please share.
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FWIW we got a great deal on a matte black BV 350 with a scratch in the cowl. A black Sharpie with a quick wipe immediately after using the sharpie on the scratch and it disappeared. Though it would reappear after 6-8 months but easy to repeat.
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Jeffvisor- Mat finish paint is just like conventional auto/MC paint except the light rays are reflected at angles where as shiny paint reflects right back at you. Mat paint also has a clear coat again just like all autos, MCs have. I used the Chemical guys Jet seal and Meticulous mat detailer. Use EXACTLY as is instructed and even bug guts come off easy. I'm impressed. Once the paint has been treated you can just wipe dirt, bugs, etc off with a damp (important to use) microfiber cloth(s) or if stubborn I just spray the detailer on -let soak a minute and wipe off ( again w/microfibre cloth) I'm not in anyway associated w/Chemical guy's products. Total cost was about $55 for both 16 oz/each products. Buy once/cry once. It states that the protection is good for a year. I'll use it every 4-6 months regardless. There are probably more products of different brands that may do the same. Just NEVER use any car wash or wax products.
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JakeM wrote:
Could be a cool look!
My 2012 Valentino Edition. I got the stickers at the 2019 Catalunya GP. Too bad Rossi was taken out the first lap.
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Jeffvisor- Mat finish paint is just like conventional auto/MC paint except the light rays are reflected at angles where as shiny paint reflects right back at you. Mat paint also has a clear coat again just like all autos, MCs have. I used the Chemical guys Jet seal and Meticulous mat detailer. Use EXACTLY as is instructed and even bug guts come off easy. I'm impressed. Once the paint has been treated you can just wipe dirt, bugs, etc off with a damp (important to use) microfiber cloth(s) or if stubborn I just spray the detailer on -let soak a minute and wipe off ( again w/microfibre cloth) I'm not in anyway associated w/Chemical guy's products. Total cost was about $55 for both 16 oz/each products. Buy once/cry once. It states that the protection is good for a year. I'll use it every 4-6 months regardless. There are probably more products of different brands that may do the same. Just NEVER use any car wash or wax products.
That stuff sounds like a dream come true. I use Pig Spit on black wrinkle finish and it comes out better than new. I've always wanted something for flat/matte paint. I'll try yours, thanks.👍
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What happens when you attach stickers on said matte finish?

My initial question was about buying the scoot, or not.
I intend to affix reflective patches (3M? yellow?) for safety, but without marring the paint, a resale problem down the line.

It's a 22 Liberty 150, highly recommend by many, 160 miles, but as my first, a bit hesitant.
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If it is your first, and it is a good deal, buy it. I assume you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license?

BTW, if you do get it and need a riding partner, DM me and I have a friend that lives out by your area.
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Those 3M patches and tape are really sticky. They won't come off easily.
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You could always put the reflective sticker on some magnetic backing making it easy to remove.
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You could always put the reflective sticker on some magnetic backing making it easy to remove.
Metal bodywork?
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Metal bodywork?
Not on a Liberty.
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How about taking the front panel(s) out and paint them?
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