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    Posted: 17 Dec 2017 at 15:59
My fuel tank looks a bit of a mess, it has obviously been re-painted before (not very well) and has been affected by petrol spillage.
I don't want to go to the expense of a professional job, because the rest of the paintwork on the bike is not good either, so I am thinking of doing it myself using rattle cans. 
Any advice etc much appreciated.
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I've done several like that and had variable results. The main problem is that most aerosols fall off as soon as they're touched with petrol. The Halford's petrol resistant lacquer is OK but gives a poor finish and needs to be left for several weeks before it works properly.

I'm going to redo my Norton tank using Tetrosyl wheel paint which I've used successfully before but that only works if you want a silver (or gold!) tank......


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Hyline Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2017 at 16:54
I was afraid of that. Bit undecided what to do, but I think the cost of professional painting is going to push me down the diy route, although I appreciate it may not last too long.

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Rattle cans for me  -  and then very careful when I fill up with petrol !!

I'm pleased with Hammerite spray for the frame and a few brackets.  If you're going for black I'd definately consider Hammerite (and I'm sure they do other colours in spray).

Not sure how it holds up to petrol having never spilt petrol on the frame...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Loopian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2017 at 18:41
This may sound a bit daft and I haven’t tried it on a motorcycle tank, however I have painted a Dutch steel trawler type boat with a Epiphanes 2 pack polyurethane paint. I hand painted it by rolling and tipping off with a fine brush, I practised first of all on a sheet of glass (lots of info on net). The 2 part paint flows out incredibly well and honestly looks like it has been sprayed on. I painted my boat 5 years ago and it lives in the sea and has been in and out of harbours and many locks. The paint is incredibly hard wearing and I’ve been amazed at the durability. With a bit of research and decent paint you really can get a decent finish. It would of course not match a professionally sprayed finish, but it would be possible to get an equally hard wearing finish yourself with added self satisfaction for a fraction of the price.
Just a thought.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote ranton_rambler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2017 at 19:17
I did my Spada tank with rattle cans, and then top coat of the fuel-resistant lacquer from Halfords. It's a bit strange to use but looks OK for my purposes, and no problems so far.
I just had a tank for a Ducati done as a "foreigner" by a guy I know locally. He's a painter but not a motorcycle specialist. Pulled the dents out and skimmed, primed, 3 colours and lacquer. £200 cash. Not quite as perfect as a Dream Machine job, but that would have been more like £600.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Alan Sbj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Dec 2017 at 19:47
Another option you might want to consider is a 2 pack lacquer in a rattle can?
Once the base colour has had 30 mins or so to flash off you can apply the lacquer.
Just be aware of the health & safety issues.
Once cured it will be petrol resistant. Most refinish distributors will have one, Pro XL make one used on small jobs by the pro’s.
Be aware that once you pull the pin to activate the lacquer it will have a life of a few hours only, get everything ready, pull the pin and go.
Personally I would avoid Hammerite as it is full of silicone and if you want to paint over it with something else in the future it will react.
Can see the 2 pack polyurethane working with some effort, a 2 pack acrylic will always lay better and be more durable.
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Paint?
Pah !
Powder coating for me so it is.
Markel in Luton, 01582572582, and ask for Jack. Tell him Simon sent you. Quality work at a fair price.

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My son painted my v50 tank using Halfords base coat and petrol resistant lacquer rattle cans, the finish was good. He spent over 3 hours prepping the tank followed by two coats of base coat and then the lacquer. I left the tank to `harden off` for 10 days before remounting it but it has since had petrol spilled on it with no effect on the finish at all.
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I used Halfords petrol resistant laquer on a tank and it failed miserably. I left it for two weeks before fitting and the first day it was lifting after a small spill. I wasted a lot of time on that. Very annoyed that I fell for a gimmick.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Andrew_C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Dec 2017 at 13:11
My step-brother has started a bike / car painting buis recently.  Now whilst I've seen a tank he's painted, I really can't claim to be an expert, but it did look good.  No idea what he charges either.

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That's really frustrating. I had considered buying some of that stuff based on what Halfords say about it, but your post was very timely for me, thanks.

 
Originally posted by Jerry atric Jerry atric wrote:

I used Halfords petrol resistant laquer on a tank and it failed miserably. I left it for two weeks before fitting and the first day it was lifting after a small spill. I wasted a lot of time on that. Very annoyed that I fell for a gimmick.
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I have decided to use Halfords grey primer, black gloss, and their workshop lacquer. At the moment, the grey primer is reacting with whatever the previous owner painted the tank with, so I need to do more work to remove this. As they say, preparation is everything, but I always seem to be in too much of a rush!!

 
Originally posted by c13pep c13pep wrote:

My son painted my v50 tank using Halfords base coat and petrol resistant lacquer rattle cans, the finish was good. He spent over 3 hours prepping the tank followed by two coats of base coat and then the lacquer. I left the tank to `harden off` for 10 days before remounting it but it has since had petrol spilled on it with no effect on the finish at all.
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I like that idea but my tank has a few smallish dings on its which need filling, so I have decided to try my hand with the rattle cans.

 
Originally posted by theone&onlymin theone&onlymin wrote:

Paint?
Pah !
Powder coating for me so it is.
Markel in Luton, 01582572582, and ask for Jack. Tell him Simon sent you. Quality work at a fair price.

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