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Unread 10-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
Roadymi
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Painting gas tank

When I got my CJ it had what appeared to be a fairly new gas tank. It is raw steel and still fairly shiny. What is the best method to paint it? I have it all taken apart because I am replacing the flimsy factory "skid plate" (not sure it is deserving of that title), with a much stouter one.

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Unread 10-11-2009, 09:52 PM   #2
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Clean it well, spray a nice coat of self etch primer, then shoot it with whatever color spray paint you like. You can add clear coat for a little more protection but its not necessary.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 03:00 PM   #3
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I was wondering how the aerosol rocker panel spray would hold up....thought it would be a little more abrasion proof than paint...I'd prime it first of course.
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Unread 10-12-2009, 09:15 PM   #4
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Like the rubbery undercoating stuff? Yea, that would work as well. Its all in the prep though. Either way you will be fine.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 01:32 AM   #5
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just make sure that it has no dust on it. spray a paint and take some rubbing solutions and rub it against. it will be done
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Unread 10-25-2009, 06:50 AM   #6
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Just besure everything is CLEAN! Your worst enemey will be oil, grease and finger prints. Eastwood has some nice frame paint in gloss or semi, you could probably just use a good hardware store paint but sand out rust spots and use a good paint prep to clean everything up.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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Don't use rubberized under coating! It will trap in moisture and might even speed up the rusting process. I would use something like chassis saver, or a product called Zero-rust on it. Minimal prep, and a good lasting and pretty much rust proof. I know the zero-rust comes in other colors too, brush it on..i've found that works best, a quart should be more than enough. I've had great success with it. I've heard bad things about the por-15 line when painting on clean non-rusted metal so stay away from that. Here's a link to the zero-rust if your interested........... Zero Rust Paint - Quarts
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