How to Maintain the Aesthetic of Your Electric Scooter: Preventing Scratches and Dents

Daniel Foley
Written By: Daniel Foley
Updated on: 4/23/2024
Published on: 5/24/2023

Electric scooters are so popular right now, and with everything they offer users, they'll likely continue to serve as alternatives to cars and even e-bikes.

If you're an electric scooter owner, you'll know that maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle is crucial. Not only does it contribute to its overall visual appeal, but it also preserves its value over time.

In this guide, we'll explore effective methods to prevent scratches and dents, ensuring your electric scooter remains in pristine condition for years to come.

What Are The Common Causes of E-Scooter Scratches and Dents?


Electric scooters are highly durable, but that doesn't mean they're not susceptible to scratches and dents. The common causes of damage include:

  • Collisions: Even a slight lapse in attention can result in a collision with another vehicle or object, and while these dents might appear small, they can look horrible and damage your shiny new scooter.
  • Carelessness: Improper storage and not protecting your scooter while transporting it can cause scratches and dents.
  • Environmental Factors: Harsh weather conditions can wreak havoc on your scooter, especially when you leave it out in cold weather or rain.
  • Corrosive Substances: While it's one of the rarer causes of e-scooter dents, corrosive substances can cause serious issues, so avoid them - or protect the scooter.

Luckily, all of the above risk factors are avoidable. If you follow these tips, your scooter will last longer and retains its sleek and modern look.

Best Practices for Preventing Scratches and Dents


So, now you know what causes e-scooter scratches and dents, it's time to reveal some great tips for preventing them. While some of these ideas require a small investment, the cost is nothing compared to having a professional repair your scooter.

Invest in a Quality Scooter Cover

It's so important to cover your scooter when it's not in use, and a high-quality scooter cover protects against dust, debris, and even minor impacts.

It's best to choose a cover that's specifically designed for your scooter and be sure to check the dimensions before buying.

Utilize Protective Accessories

Just as riders wear protective gear to prevent injuries in the event of an accident, you can buy accessories to protect the scooter against dents and scratches. There are plenty of solutions available, but we recommend mudguards, fenders, and crash bars.

The great thing about these accessories is they reduce the need for regular cleaning and improve your scooter's aesthetic appeal.


Choose Safe Parking Spots

When parking your electric scooter, opt for safe locations that minimize the risk of accidental damage.

Look for designated scooter parking areas or well-lit spots with sturdy racks because they'll usually have shelter, which will prevent water damage.

It's also essential to think about where you're parking the scooter. If you know the area isn't known for its safety, you could be at risk of vandalism or theft.

Be Cautious While Transporting the Scooter

The great thing about e-scooters is their portability. You can carry them around easily, giving you more flexibility as to how and where you travel. However, you should use a carry satchel to keep your scooter in good condition.

The right satchel will keep the scooter dry and should also have enough padding to prevent damage. However, you can also use bungee cords and straps to secure the scooter, as well as foam inserts for extra padding.

Regular Electric Scooter Maintenance & Cleaning

Regular cleaning and maintenance play a vital role in preserving the aesthetic appeal of your electric scooter. Just as you'd clean your car regularly, you should make time to evaluate the health of your scooter and remove any contaminants that will impact its finish.

Following these electric scooter maintenance tips ensures you get maximum use out of your scooter and can minimize the cleaning and repairs needed.

Cleaning the scooter

Keeping your scooter clean isn't just about making sure it looks great; regular cleaning helps you identify any dents and scratches that might be covered up by dirt. Better still, it doesn't have to be a headache because scooters are small enough for a quick weekly clean.

You'll need the following:

  • A bucket of clean water
  • Mild detergent or scooter cleaning solution
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Paper towels or a dry rag
  • A toothbrush

Begin by rinsing the scooter with water and mild soap to remove loose debris, being careful to avoid the electrical components, such as the battery pack. Focus on the scooter frame, handlebars, deck, and wheels, using a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas.

If you want a specialist cleaning solution, check if it's approved for e-scooter use because harsh chemicals can cause further damage.

Once cleaned, dry the scooter with a soft cloth or microfiber towel, removing any moisture.

Look for damage

The cleaning process is a great opportunity to look for any significant problems with other scooter components, such as loose screws and bolts.

While these aren't immediate risk factors for scratches and dents, they can cause accidents that might damage your scooter's frame.

Tighten any loose bolts and screws, then lubricate the scooter's moving parts per the manufacturer's recommendations to ensure smooth operation and prevent premature wear.

Applying Protective Coatings

Applying a protective coating is an excellent way to safeguard your electric scooter's exterior and metal parts from scratches and minor damages.

These coatings can prevent corrosion by acting as barriers against environmental elements, UV rays, and light impacts.

Here's a step-by-step process to apply a protective coating:

  1. Clean the scooter thoroughly using the appropriate cleaning method.
  2. Ensure the scooter is completely dry before proceeding.
  3. Apply the protective coating evenly using a clean cloth or applicator.
  4. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding drying time and curing process.
  5. After the coating has cured, inspect the scooter to ensure even coverage.
  6. Reapply the protective coating periodically as recommended.

Repairing Minor Scratches and Dents


Despite preventive measures and regular maintenance, minor scratches, and dents can still occur. Dealing with them immediately can prevent further damage and ensure your scooter is ready to take on the world again.

Here's how easily repair any minor scratches:

Assess the Extent of the Damage

Examine the scratch or dent to determine its severity. If the damage is shallow and only affects the surface, it can likely be repaired using simple techniques. However, deeper or more extensive damage might need more attention - or professional intervention.

Utilize Touch-Up Paint for Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, touch-up paint will restore the original finish. Match the paint color to your scooter's frame and apply it to the affected area. Follow the instructions on the touch-up paint product for the best results.

Use Dent Removal Techniques

Several DIY dent removal techniques can help address minor dents. One method involves using hot water or a hairdryer to heat the affected area, then applying gentle pressure to pop the dent back into place.

Alternatively, suction cups or specialized dent removal tools can restore the damaged area.

However, if you're unsure how to perform these techniques properly, it's best to see a professional.

Seeking Professional Help for Major Damage to Electric Scooters

In some cases, the damage to your scooter might not be a wipe-and-dry situation, and seeking help from a professional is the best route. Professional e-scooter repair specialists have the equipment and expertise to keep your scooter in full working order.

They can repair deep scratches and significant dents or replace damaged parts professionally, ensuring the best possible outcome.

Yes, calling a professional costs money, but the end justifies the means.

Top Tips for Long-Term Aesthetic Maintenance

To maintain the aesthetic appeal of your electric scooter in the long run, consider the following tips:

  • Inspect your scooter: Regularly inspecting it for signs of wear and damage ensures you can address any issues immediately.
  • Store your scooter in a clean, dry, and secure location: This can be indoors, under a covered area, or in the garage. Invest in a scooter cover if you don't have proper indoor storage.
  • Replace worn-out or damaged parts: When replacing any parts, use genuine replacements. Some people think this is only important with the electric scooter battery, but you should always get manufacturer-recommended replacements.
  • Ride safely: Monitoring your speed and staying safe on the road will prevent any accidents which will cause damage to the scooter.
  • Check your tire pressure: Regularly check the air pressure levels and replace tires if needed. Without suspension, your scooter could become chipped or increase your risk of an accident.

Final Thoughts


With their portable features and eco-friendly benefits, e-scooters are becoming increasingly popular and a worthy alternative to electric bikes and cars. By following the tips in this post, you can make the most of your scooter and ensure it lasts for years.

If you're worried about the costs of e-scooter ownership, the Unagi all-access subscription allows you to enjoy a fantastic scooter without buying it outright.

For a low monthly fee, you can get a Model One Classic or the new Model One Voyager (which has a longer battery life) and free services.

Ready to get on the road? Order your Unagi scooter today and appreciate the flexibility these genius modes of transportation offer.



How often should I clean my electric scooter?

Regular cleaning is recommended at least once every two weeks. However, if you frequently ride in dusty or muddy environments, consider cleaning it more often.

Can I use regular car wax as a protective coating for my electric scooter?

While car wax may offer some level of protection, it is best to use specialized protective coatings designed specifically for electric scooters. These coatings provide superior durability and resistance against environmental factors.

Is it necessary to repair minor scratches and dents immediately?

While minor scratches and dents may not affect the scooter's functionality, repairing them promptly helps prevent further damage and maintains its aesthetic appeal.

What should I do if my electric scooter gets wet in the rain?

If your scooter gets wet in the rain, dry it thoroughly using a cloth or towel to prevent water damage. Avoid using high-pressure water or submerging the scooter in water.

Are there any specific maintenance tasks I should perform before storing my electric scooter for an extended period?

Before storing your scooter for an extended period, ensure it is clean, dry, and adequately lubricated. Electric scooter batteries might also need to be disconnected, but the manufacturer's recommendations for long-term storage will tell you what to do.

Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley

Daniel tests all the latest e-scooters and currently enjoys the Unagi Voyager as a daily driver for it's light weight, good range, and stylish look.

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