Faded Plastics Kissed by Fire

The home of the FAQs and all the things you need to know to fix your Spree / Elite, outside the service manuals

Moderator: FAQ Moderator

Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 11175
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:09 pm
Location: Deepinnaharta, Texas

Faded Plastics Kissed by Fire

Post by Wheelman-111 »


GoldenBoy's grey trim plastics spent most of their 12 years outside uncovered, and they looked like it. No amount od ScotchBrite, Back to Black or ArmorAll had any effect. I decided to try heat. Propane was more risk tyan I wished to take, but I have thi cheap HF gun
GBHeatGun_resized.jpg (128.72 KiB) Viewed 10691 times
. If you look at the top half of the tunnel cover, you can see the first tentative try - it looks like a shadow but isn't. I kept at it, heating on Low, looking for a faint sheen to appear where there were faded spots. I really think the "skin" of the polyethylene gets micro-shaggy, and melting it blends the "hairs" of plastic back into the surface.. I did the whole tunnel, leaving it looking a little glossier, but even-colored, and 200% better than it was. Took about an hour. See if you can tell which half has been kissed?
GBPlasticHalf_resized.jpg (144.74 KiB) Viewed 10691 times
GBPlastics.jpg (307.5 KiB) Viewed 10690 times
Most of my money is spent on scooterparts. The rest is just wasted.
"ISO": '03 Vespa ET4 Malossi187 72MPH
Flash 9: 2001 Elite SR Contesta 72 ZX Tran, 9:1 Gears, Stock Airbox/Carb/Pipe 58.8 MPH
Punkin: 2010 Vespa/Malossi S78, 61MPH
Post Reply