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PostSubject: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 25, 2015 8:12 pm

Hey guys and gals, I searched the topic and all I am getting is plastic repair, ie cracks, broken tabs, etc. My problem is not a complete break or crack in the bodywork, but deep indentations and a couple of deep linear scratches on the body from falls onto gravel driveways, and gouges from the road surface when I dropped it on asphalt after taking it off the centerstand. I tried dabbing some black gloss paint with a fine brush, but the result is not too pleasing. I guess I thought the paint would fill the dents as well, but of course that did not happen. With the warmer weather on the way, I am thinking this summer would be a good time to try and do a good fix on these.
So, my question: What is the best way to tackle the indentations and scratches ? I am hoping for something I can tackle on my own, and do a fairly good job. If I wanted a professional job, I would have had it done long time ago. Don't have the disposable income to do that.
Thanks, Jay.
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeWed Mar 25, 2015 10:07 pm

This info might be able to help you make the repair yourself.
http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32907
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 26, 2015 6:18 am

Seems like dropping the bike is a regular occurrence. Save yourself the frustration and leave the scratches and gouges as a reminder of what not to do Razz Wink . Then again there wont be a riding season for you easterners this year due to the snow so maybe you will have lots of time for repairs Laughing .
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 26, 2015 8:12 am

Thanks, onbmw, for that link.
Point taken, hotwings. There will be no riding season in the Maritimes this year, so I was planning some cosy-up time with my honey with some gentle rubbing, application of various lotions and powders and whathaveyou. I think it would do her good, to get rid of those unsightly wrinkles and pimples and scars.
On the other hand.....
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 26, 2015 9:26 am

I've never had success with posting pics or links here using my ipad but here goes:
Video sums it up nicely for us Canadians!!
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 26, 2015 12:51 pm

Hey I've just been doing this and have learned how not to do it.

Assuming the paint around the scratch is OK then you want to mask the good area off.
Clean the scratch so there's no gunk in it.
Fill the scratch with filler, smooth it off.
Then prime it.
I spoke to a scratch repairer this week, the primer's important because the filler soaks up the primer. If you don't do this, then the scratch will still be visible after you've painted it.
Then it's basecoat, topcoat and lacquer, with all the fine wet sanding, cleaning and drying in between.
After that cutting compound to blend repair in.
Then wash and polish.

I think the skill is being patient...easier said than done.
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PostSubject: Re: Repairing surface scratches   Repairing surface scratches I_icon_minitimeThu Mar 26, 2015 6:01 pm

Thanks, gilesmdavis. That's great, you also have the opinion of a professional. All depends on whether the scoot sells in the Spring. If not, I'll tackle the job. I have another bike that I can ride, so I won't miss out on riding. Our problem here is watching and waiting for the 8 foot snowbanks disappear.
Jay.
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