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J. Scootbat



Joined: 10 Jan 2008
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Location: Atlanta, Georgia

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I am about to prepare my scoot for paint and/or powder coat.
I would welcome any tips, suggestions, advise and warnings about taking the thing apart and getting it back together.

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Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:44 pm View user's profile Send private message
matty_x



Joined: 06 Apr 2007
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The first question you need to answer is whether you want to paint or powder coat. Both have pros and cons. Painting can be less expensive and it's easier to touch up a painted bike. But paint doesn't last as long or have nearly the degree of protection. Powder coating is super durable and will retard rusting much better than paint... and minor dents and scrapes don't phase a good powder coat. But when you're putting your bike back together you'll find that the thickness of the powder coat will make it a big challenge to get some parts to match up easily... and you'll be reaching for the heat gun and razorblade a lot. You'll also have to re-tap all the threaded holes. So get your study on and make an informed decision about it. I've done both and while I like the outcomes of a powder coat better, I like the ease of paint.

Taking the scooter apart and putting it back together is a process of documentation more than anything else. I believe that anyone can do it, but that it takes a degree of diligence with taking notes, taking pictures, making diagrams, etc. that most people are unprepared for. Frankly, the two most important tools you can have when tearing down your bike are a camera and a notebook. The teardown process itself is pretty straightforward. Pick something that you want to take off and start taking it off. Start with the easy stuff like cowls, seat, spare tire holder, gas tank, then work to the harder stuff like headset, front fork, engine. Keep the wheels (i.e., fork, engine) on the bike as long as you can. It's easier to work on the bike when it's on its feet than when it's sitting on its frame. Take it one step at a time and ask lots of questions... and good luck!

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rufusswan



Joined: 29 Sep 2007
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Location: Taneyville, Missouri

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If you paint, it's the number of clear coats that make it snazzy and more expensive.

Please study paragraph #2 above...... Let me add post-it notes. a pen, and zip lock baggies. Bag and ID all attachment bolts/screws/washers in a separate baggie. Photo and/or draw each electrical connection with wire color. You cannot be too organized.

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cowboyrob



Joined: 26 Mar 2007
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Location: Fayetteville, AR

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I am going through the process of totally stripping down a scooter right now. The thing I get lazy about and pay for later is not taking enough notes. The thing I have benefitted most from has been the digital camera. I take pictures of everything from every angle. Digital photos are basically free and I can't count the number of times I have benefitted from having a photo record of parts, placement and assembly.

Don't forget that the easiest way to keep up with bolts, nuts and screws is to replace them in the part you took them out of.

Sterelite containers are cheap and helpful to keep things separated and protected.

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JOHN E



Joined: 07 May 2009
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Location: Northeast Illinois

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Why not both. I have not done anything on my Chetak but I bought a cheap powdercoat gun and got a used home electric oven for under $100 for both. powder is cheap on ebay. You do have to sand blast the parts , but I have done car wheels and even the engine cases on my Volkswagans. My bus anything smaller than a car rim was coated with 2-3 dollars of powder .On my bajaj I am planning next year a total re-paint with all the smaller parts powdercoated.
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J. Scootbat



Joined: 10 Jan 2008
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Location: Atlanta, Georgia

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Thanks for all the suggestions.
I think that I will go with paint. I am hesitant to remove the wiring harness, amongst other things,
just to bake on powder coat.

I'll be asking many more questions on this project.
It will be a learning experience.

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