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GTS300 Rust!!

Last post 11-14-2017 05:07 PM by pyrah. 10 replies.
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  • 10-28-2017 01:57 PM

    GTS300 Rust!!

    Help.

     

    I have some serious rust in the seams on the main body frame behind the front wheel.

    Not even sure how to tackle this. I'm thinking to take wheel off and see if I can access it with a wire brush, get all rust off, then treat it with some chemical rust stuff then patch up somehow....

     

    Does anyone have any advice or can suggest help. The last guys I talked to was zero help and said 'it's gone' - he was as grumpy as anything.

     

    Many thank!!

  • 10-28-2017 03:30 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    How bad is it can you take a picture if superficial i would do as you suggested . If structuall then wll need to get some quotes from body shops or try a sympathetic welder how old is the machine

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 10-28-2017 10:11 PM In reply to

    • INMA
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    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    The depth of the rust and whether its rusted on or from the inside will determine how it needs to be managed.

    If the rust involves heavy damage inside and behind the seam, then specialist repairs might be needed.

    You don't give enough information to help us give you advice.

    My first instinct is this is very bad, typically rust on a seam occurs between the join of the two sheets where water capiliaries along the join and destroys the steel at the welds.

    This can all be made worse by a poor quality repair of earlier damage or parking near beaches or salt water.

    New vespas are probably treated during manufacture to avoid this type of damage.

    Also the frame should have drains built in low to allow water and dirt to drop out of the frame, check to see if there are drains (may look like slots) under the frame and see whether they are damaged or blocked.

     

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  • 11-05-2017 11:34 AM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    its 2010 - parked by the beach and slowly being eatern away! I do have a mate who can weld, I'm thinking to ask him and see whats required when I get rego sorted next month. I'm not concerned too much by what it looks like. I've spent an arm and leg on performance upgrades, so visually I'm not too concerned. It goes like a rocket!

  • 11-05-2017 04:17 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    You could get some rust converter at any hardware shop. It would stop it getting worse and you could paint over it and just keep checking it every month or two. Depends on how deep the rust is, of course, and whether the srength of the body is compromised. 

     

  • 11-06-2017 11:10 AM In reply to

    • bradr
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    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    We don't tend to see much rust on the GTS's in Australia , but i guess if you live very close to sea spray etc it will happen , it never ceases to amaze me though as to how much trouble the Poms have with rust in them , facebook --"Vespa GTS owners forum", its not unusual for them to have the battery actually fall right through the floor due to rust , saw a post on there the other day which had pictures of the rear end of a 2013 GTS which had the whole tailamp assy hanging by its wires because of the rear of the body being completely eaten out by metal magots , honestly looking at the pic , my 1st thought was that a Shark had taken an almighty bite out of the GTS's bum !. Getting back to tour rust though , i have a 2014GTS 300 which has some very slight rust starting just on the seam where the legshield meets the floor (directly behind the front wheel), all i did with it was to apply some rust converter to thec section , that seems to have killed it .

    Red ones always go faster but blue ones go pretty quick , but now blue ones are the way to go😄
  • 11-06-2017 03:12 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    UK rock salt used on roads in winter = big rust problems SadImage result for vespa gt rust

     

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 11-06-2017 03:12 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    Double post substitute Smile

    Image result for rust never sleeps

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 11-06-2017 07:43 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    HHmm, a few problems there, Pyrah. 

    pity, cos paint looks good.

    Aprilia 200ie
  • 11-14-2017 02:04 PM In reply to

    • bradr
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    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    Thats pretty typical in the UK with all vehicles , dosen't seem to be as bad in other semi frozen parts of Europe or Canada though , do they use a better method on their roads perhaps ?, ya really couldn't believe an owner just watching the metal maggots eating their pride n joy away right before their eyes heySad

    Red ones always go faster but blue ones go pretty quick , but now blue ones are the way to go😄
  • 11-14-2017 05:07 PM In reply to

    Re: GTS300 Rust!!

    Yep working on the brakes or exhaust in the UK was usually a rusty nightmare couldn't believe how easy those jobs where when i moved to NZ & AUS . Not to mention rotted out sills floors etc on sometimes 3 year old cars  Big Smile

    Si ‘Thi’ later
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