All our Scooters undergo 100 point nut and bolt restorations. We start with original unmodified matching number scooters.
The scooters are stripped right down to their component parts prior to a full 1st Class restoration. Below is a brief run through of the restoration process.
Due to the climate in south Vietnam rust is not such an issue as it is on bikes that have spent the last 40+ years in Europe. To start the scooters are taken apart carefully and all items removed from the body. The body is then stripped to bare metal and replacement metal welded in if necessary.
As a matter of course we replace the floor plans on all our vespas with a thicker grade of steel, these floor pans are imported from India and come off the original Piaggio presses. Once all traces of rust have been removed, Any dents or imperfections are beaten out this often as long as 2 days! Unlike other restoration companies we avoid using excessive body filler! The next stage is to put the scooter on a jig to check for 100% trueness.
Next the steel of the bodywork is polished to a High finish, to remove any tarnish or oxidization. Immediately all panels are acid etch primed . Acid etch primer firstly etches into the metalwork sealing the bare metal and acting as a bonding agent between metal and zinc primer. The zinc primer is an anti rust treatment- very tough and durable. This is followed by 2k ICI high build primer, and finished with 2k ICI acrylic colour. Depending on paint used (either solid or metallic) we finish off with 2k ICI Clearcoat. Quite a process- both in terms of cost and labour. The end result it a perfect finish that lasts for many years. Infact ICI research quotes a 30 year life expectancy. Quite different form the average of 2 years for a typical restoration in Vietnam.