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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:23 PM

What type of rattle-can paint do you like to use on gas tanks?  Enamel, acrylic enamel, farm & implement, urethane, automotive, etc?  Do you clear coat &, if so, what with?

 

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:35 PM

The main thing is do not use primer under the paint on a gas tank.  Its usually the primer that is so soft that the gas dissolves it on contact.  


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Posted February 19, 2013 - 07:51 PM

And having that said, you now know that is a No-No. A lot of times it all depends on the brand of tractor you are working on.

 

 

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Posted February 19, 2013 - 08:19 PM

Acrylic enamel is more resistant to gasoline.


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Posted February 20, 2013 - 12:24 PM

The main thing is do not use primer under the paint on a gas tank.  Its usually the primer that is so soft that the gas dissolves it on contact.  

I did not realize that. So do you just paint bare metal on the gas tank with no primer? Or do you not strip all the paint off the tank to begin with?
 



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Posted February 20, 2013 - 07:51 PM

I usually take the tank clear to bare metal by blasting and then just paint it that way.   The factory primer is a whole different story.  Factory primer will stand up to gasoline just fine and much better than any replacement stuff, especially rattle-can primer. Any spilled gas can still dull the new paint but as long as it doesn't lift the paint,  the shine can be brought back with a lil buffing. 


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Posted February 20, 2013 - 07:58 PM

I've always used primer on tanks & never had an issue with paint coming off, but then I use acrylic enamel automotive paint with hardener shot from a gun.  Back when I used all rattle can over 35 years ago, paint coming off fuel tanks was a big issue.  Another good reason to go to gun painting.


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Posted March 02, 2013 - 08:29 PM

I wonder if this also applies to hydraulic fluid, as well as it does for gas?



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Posted March 02, 2013 - 09:13 PM

I'm curious about the longevity of epoxy paint for these applications.  I used some years ago and painted some radio control boats that I built.  In that application it has held up well over the years.






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