How to Sand Plastic on a Moped or Scooter

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How to Sand Plastic on a Moped or Scooter
Sanding the plastic on a moped or scooter keeps it looking new. (Schwalbe image by Ulrich Schwartz from

Plastic on a moped scooter often becomes dull and scratched. Sanding out the scratches and polishing will help to make the plastic shine again. Wet sanding utilises a finer sandpaper, resulting in a smooth finish. Polish after sanding with a specially formulated plastic polish for the best results for your moped or scooter.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 220-, 320- and 400-grit wet sandpaper
  • Small bucket of water
  • Fine steel wool
  • Plastic polish
  • 2 soft cloths
  • Latex or rubber gloves

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  1. 1

    Soak the sandpapers in a small bucket of water for 15 minutes.

  2. 2

    Sand the plastic on the moped or scooter with 220-grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand the entire surface evenly while keeping the sandpaper wet. Do not sand too long in one area to prevent creating an uneven, or flat area in the plastic.

  3. 3

    Repeat sanding the entire surface of the moped or scooter with 320-grit sandpaper followed by 400-grit wet sandpaper. Keep the sandpaper wet and cover the entire surface evenly.

  4. 4

    Dry the plastic areas with a clean soft towel.

  5. 5

    Put on the rubber gloves to protect your hands from the plastic polish. Use a soft cloth to rub an even coating of plastic polish over the entire surface of the plastic on the moped or scooter. Apply four or more coatings of plastic polish. Buff with fine steel wool after the second to last application of plastic polish.

  6. 6

    Apply a final coat of plastic polish and buff with a clean soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear latex or rubber gloves to prevent the absorption of plastic polish into your skin. Follow all safety recommendations printed on the plastic polish label.

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