The Flying Rust Bucket



Introduction: The Flying Rust Bucket

About: Hi, we’re Dane & Nicole, two makers that create stuff, which we happily share with you!

From an old rust bucket to a new shiny one, with some extras!

Below a quick overview of the content.

  • Introduction and showcase video
  • Taking it apart
  • Cleaning
  • New paint
  • Putting it back together
  • Extra's
  • Looking fly


  • Scooter
  • Wrench & other tools
  • 3D printer
  • Adafruit Circuit Playground
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Sandpaper / electric sander
  • Horn
  • Juice Box
  • Citric Acid
  • Masking Tape

Step 1: Introduction and Showcase Video

Step 2: Taking It Apart

First step is to take the old scooter apart. Because of the rust it can be tricky, but it's best to keep all the old bits intact.

If all goes well, you will have a pile of loose rusty bolts, screws and whatnot's.

Step 3: Cleaning

To get everything ready for the new paint, we first have to remove all the rust and old paint.

For the small parts you can use some citric acid, there's a great Instructables about it here.

To clean the big parts, it's easiest to use some sandpaper.
Using an electric sander can shave off a lot of time, so if you can use one, we definitely recommend it, it's really worth it!

Step 4: New Paint

With the cleaning done we can move on to a fun part: painting.

The firs part is to apply a primer. Take your time, the better the primer is applied the nicer the outcome will be.

Once the primer has dried, we can use masking tape to cover what's needed and add the final colors. We've chosen firetruck red and chrome, but you can pick whatever colors you like.

If your scooter has wooden parts, it's also neat to treat the wood with some wood oil.

Step 5: Putting It Back Together

The reverse of the first step. Put everything back together and you will likely have a very snazzy looking scooter (and maybe even some extra nuts and bolts).

Step 6: Extra's

We're happy with the way it looks, but we can do more, let's add some extra's

The first thing we added is a horn in matching red for some much needed honk.

Next is a 3D printed emblem and juice box holder, you can find both the files attached.

Last but not least, we're adding some color to the floor, all you need is a Circuit Playground and the 3D printed enclosure (also attached).

Step 7: Looking Fly

Now you can cruise while sipping juice, honking at people and looking fly!

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