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  1. #1
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    Suggestions on metal tanks

    I have original tank that I would like to keep in original condition. It does have some rust spots from chips and scratches on it. I thought of powder coating it but Id like to get some ones option on this.

    Thank you

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  2. #2
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    Some patina is fine. That tank is 35 years old. There are many different states and statuses of restored tanks, but they can only be original once. I would keep it 'as is' 10 times out of 10 if it holds gas and isn't completely destroyed.

  3. #3
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    Your correct. I didn't want to get into it and completely redo it but clean it up. I might try to clean up some of the rust outside of the tank.

    Thanks for the info

  4. #4
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    What about spot treating the rust spots with vinegar or muriatic acid? Maybe a commercial product like evaporust? Then you can clear coat over the tank afterward to help keep the treated areas from rusting again and I know you can clear coat over decals..... Or just keep it wiped down with a little oil regularly like you would a shotgun barrel to keep the rust at bay

    I don't know if those methods will mess up the paint so you might look into it deeper first but when I used vinegar or an acid to get rid of rust, I rinsed it with a baking soda solution to neutralize the acid so remember that



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  5. #5
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    That’s a great idea. Something like that I would want to take it into a auto body shop and have someone give it a blast of clear coat. I’m not no pro at the but I do want to care for this tank.

    I used to oil up my sport bike every year and cover it up over the winter but those days are gone. It’s a good idea to keep it from rusting.

    I used a similar method on the Crome brake guard. Soaked it in a cup of coke for 10 min and scrubbed it with a 000 steal wool. Most of it came off and buffed it with autosal crome polish to prevent any further rusting.

  6. #6
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    A good buffing with compound is gonna make that tank just shine. It will also pull lots of those little pock marks of rust out. Add a good coat of your favorite wax and you won't believe what you have there.
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  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by atc007 View Post
    A good buffing with compound is gonna make that tank just shine. It will also pull lots of those little pock marks of rust out. Add a good coat of your favorite wax and you won't believe what you have there.
    Exactly what i would have said. buffing compound does wonders to old paint, i have made tanks that sat out in the sun fro 30 years shine like new. It just takes some time and you might have to do it a few times before you get the results you wanted. Be careful if you want to keep the decals, they can come off or the coloring will leave them.

  8. #8
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    Remove the rust as best you can, and just touch up the spots with white paint. Will prevent further rust, and looks good!

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