I owned a few different scooters over the years and have painted many scooter parts. These are the techniques I used.
You're shopping for a new scooter and they don't have the color you want?
You've got a scrape on the side of your scooter?
Your old scooter's paint job is fading?
Are you in the mood for a change of color scheme on your scooter?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then you're in luck! The answer may be easier than you think. Just take your time and be careful! In this article, I will show you how to paint a scooter.
Your Work Area
Make sure to have a clean and dust-free work area. Always spray paint in a well-ventilated area! Have some dust free rags available, and a drop cloth too. Gather all the items you need in one area, so you are not running around looking for things.
Let's start off with selecting the paint. The spray paint that works excellent for fixing up your scooter is Krylon Fusion, this paint works on plastic, metal, wood and other materials. There may be others to choose from, just read the label to be sure. Drying time is only 15 minutes and works great for this type of application. It can be found mostly anywhere that sells spray paint: not very expensive and one can of spray paint can go a long way.
Remove the parts you will be spray painting from the scooter. Use the owner's manual to learn how to separate the parts. If not in the user's manual, try to look it up online. If this is not possible, use painter's tape and newspaper to cover parts not being painted.
But, either option can work, just be careful. Use warm soap and water to clean the parts being painted. Dry completely.
Using very fine sandpaper, sand each piece, being very careful to sand lightly and evenly. This gives a better surface for paint to adhere to. Basically, you want the 'shine' gone. Extra fine, 300 grit or higher grit will do, the finer the better. Wipe off all dust after sanding.
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Take a couple practice sprays without actually spraying anything. Now you are ready to paint. Place parts on the drop cloth, have dust free rags nearby. Shake spray paint can very well. Moving hand side to side in a quick-flowing motion about 10 inches from the surface, overlapping slightly. Now paint! You will get the feel of how it is done after the first coat and will become easier as you go. Try not to let drips form and if they do use a rag to wipe up and respray area.
Multiple coats are a very good idea, and it is very important to let the pieces dry completely between coats. Set an hour aside in between coats. Humidity will affect dry times.
Make sure all parts are placed to dry in a dust free area. Once dry, you can put your new and improved scooter back together. A full 7 days to be fully chip resistant, but able to ride next day, being extra careful. Again, read directions on the spray can for details.
Now that your scooter is 100% dry, go out for a ride and hopefully you will feel better on your new and improved scooter. I know I did after painting mine. That original puke orange was excruciating to the eyes. Ride safely.
When I pulled up to a friends house, they asked me if I had bought a new scooter. Of course, I explained I painted it, and this was the new paint job. I felt much better about my scooter after that. They looked it over and asked how I got it to look so good?
I told them it took days when in fact it took hours. I was very proud.
So, now when I get looks from drivers passing me by, I know they are thinking that my scooter is good looking as opposed to the ugliness it was prior to the paint job.
And, for future reference, this will work on any other plastic parts you may have that need updating. Just be sure to read the spray paint cans for details and make sure you are using the right product for the right project. Better safe than sorry, I always say!
If you have any advice or comments, please free to let me know. Good advice can go a long way to improving our painting projects.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Jim Laughlin