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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tank Paint Prep

I've been slowly making progress on my gas tank.  After sealing the inside, I got to work on surface prep for paint.

I used Dupli-Color Grease & Wax Remover first.  Once dry, I used wire to suspend the tank from the ceiling over an old flannel sheet I use to protect my garage floor from overspray.  I also covered the openings on the tank with tape.

I applied a few coats of Dupli-Color Self-Etching Primer.  It's a dark green.

After that, I used Dupli-Color Filler Primer, which is a light gray.  It's a high build primer so it helped fill in light scratches and imperfections quite well.

The weld around the gas cap bung bothered me as it was a high ridge.  The gas cap that comes with the tank is a pop-up so it will not cover this area.

I decided to Bondo it with the goal of making it smooth.

It took quite a few rounds of sand, apply heavy coats of filler primer, sand, apply heavy coats of filler primer, sand, etc.

The last pic above was close to done but not quite.  I was nervous at first (not surprising how sloppy it looked when I started) but I was really happy with the end result.

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