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1. 320 sandpaper
2. Automotive Paint / Prep degrease
3. Paint (Automotive grade paint can be put into spray cans by your local automotive paint supplier if you choose)

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Disassemble Panels from frame

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Now find a place to set the panels and start hitting the panels with the 320 sandpaper
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Ideally you want to you'll block sand the panels but since the panels are straight, there isn't too much to worry about. You'll want to sand all panels and get any glossy surfaces gone. These glossy areas may have adhesion issues once painted. You'll notice the untouched panel vs the sanded panel.

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Once you're satisfied with the sanding, you'll apply some of the degreaser to a rag and go over the panel at least twice to remove any dust and grime. Make sure you do not touch the panels with your bare hands. The oils from your skin will transfer and you'll get fish eyes in your paint.
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Also its ideal for you to put the paint can in a bucket of warm water. This will help thin out the paint and give you better atomization.
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Then hang the panels and spray away. Go with very light coats and reapplying coats every 5 mins after the paint flashes.


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Final Results
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No more yellow! Woot! I hated the yellow.

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Mon May 07, 2012 4:56 pm
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I've never stuck a paint can in water ??
Are you saying that you heated up the water ?? It's usually pretty warm enough, 'round here.

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Yes before i start spray anything in a spray can i let it sit in warm water for about 15 mins. It just helps the paint flow. You can reach the same goal by letting the can sit in the hot, hot sun. But all depends where you're located.

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Post Re: Painting your plastic panels
I have used the warm up trick when it is cold. I have also set the can in the sun for 10 minutes during the summer months. It does help to get better spray and more of the paint comes out this way.

Not sure I like the satin black look on the Zuma 125 but good "how to" info! Thanks

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I've painted parts before but never did the degreaser...
Good info!

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Very cool, I wouldn't mind having a matte black Zuma myself.


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what no more yellow bee :confused:

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i didn't like the yellow at all, i just happened to fall in love with the zuma it's self. feels more manly now. =)

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yeah but you were the guy with the yellow scooter
now you just blend in with the rest
who can we secretely make fun of now??

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the super so called fast ruckus guys.. that is who you can make fun of.

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no you got it all wrong
they are more about looking good and so so performance

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Post Re: Painting your plastic panels
Ha !! Ha !! Ha !! What did you say ?? ??
The Ruckus riders are all about looking good ??

All right ... that may be true ... for a farm impliment !!

Just kidding !! No hate posts, please !! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right !!
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no you got it all wrong
they are more about looking good and so so performance

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Great write up!

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how difficult is getting the paint even and keeping it from running?


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light coats, almost like misting it on. then let it flash, which means letting the paint sit for about 4-5 mins, then apply next coat. Build the paint coats until you're satisfied with results. If you get runs in the paint, you'll need the paint to full cure and lightly sand the run out of the paint. I would block the drip out, with a rubber block and 400. Then blend that area with paint again.

now if you want that mirror finish you'll need to clear the paint with clear coat. Apply 3-4 coats wet, avoid runs. Then once it's full dried after 48 hours. You can wet sand the paint / clear coat with 1500 wet sand paper and a block. Then buff to perfection...

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