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Unread 12-21-2006, 09:22 AM   #1
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Covering gas tank - suggestions?

I finally got my new Compass, but the shiny metal gas tank is incredibly visible below the rear bumper. In pictures, it seems like it's always black/dark. Is there any aftermarket treatment that I can use on this, like some sort of undercoating?

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Unread 12-21-2006, 09:49 AM   #2
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Sure Mel,

Many of the auto parts stores have a spray on undercoating that I would use for that. I wonder why the Facyory or Dealer didn't see that? Maybe if it was pointed out to them they'd do it for free!

Congrats on finally getting yours!!!
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Unread 12-21-2006, 09:59 AM   #3
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My tank is matte black and looks like plastic.
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Mine does too. Guess that's why I suggested that the dealer take a look at it. It's probably just sprayed on undercoat
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Unread 12-21-2006, 10:37 AM   #5
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Mine does too. Guess that's why I suggested that the dealer take a look at it. It's probably just sprayed on undercoat
Absolutely, because a bright shinny (or rusted out) gas tanks would not look good at all given how visible it is on the Compass.

On the other hand, that shinny monstrosity of a muffler on the Chevy Equinox (Pontiac Torrent and Saturn Vue) is MUCH worse! Those backends are ALL muffler...and wheel to wheel. Barf!
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Unread 12-21-2006, 11:12 AM   #6
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OK, I was curious as to what was on mine so I ran outside to check. After looking at what was hanging below the rear bumper, my opinion is that that is not the gas tank but some kind of muffler type thing since the the exhaust pipe is coming out of it. I would think that having a gas tank hanging below the the car is rather dangerous?? Whatever it is, it is matte black on mine as well.
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Thanks, guys. Didn't want to purchase anything before I knew that it wouldn't hurt the car! Guess that's a job for tomorrow afternoon once I get off work for the holidays!

I turned down the dealer undercoating as it was described to me as something that would cut down on road noise. Coming out of Cherokee, road noise is a given. I didn't expect that the gas tank would come out so bright and shiny without that undercoating!

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Thanks, guys. Didn't want to purchase anything before I knew that it wouldn't hurt the car! Guess that's a job for tomorrow afternoon once I get off work for the holidays!

I turned down the dealer undercoating as it was described to me as something that would cut down on road noise. Coming out of Cherokee, road noise is a given. I didn't expect that the gas tank would come out so bright and shiny without that undercoating!

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Mel,
I've undercoated all under neath my Challenger with the stuff from NAPA but I'm sure the other stuff on the market is probably just as good. The stuff STINKS, so do it with good ventilation!
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Unread 12-21-2006, 08:29 PM   #9
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Well I just went out to my garage and crawled under my new Compass.... The gas tank is forward of the rear wheels in the relative center of the compass, where it should be I might add if anyone remembers the Ford Pinto. Hanging below the rear bumper in view from the rear of the vehicle is the Muffler, I'd pass on undercoating it if was up to me. I have a 4X2 so maybe the 4X4 is configured differently
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Well I just went out to my garage and crawled under my new Compass.... The gas tank is forward of the rear wheels in the relative center of the compass, where it should be I might add if anyone remembers the Ford Pinto. Hanging below the rear bumper in view from the rear of the vehicle is the Muffler, I'd pass on undercoating it if was up to me. I have a 4X2 so maybe the 4X4 is configured differently
How dare you mention the word Pinto on this board?

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Unread 12-22-2006, 05:46 AM   #11
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that shiny thing is a heat shield for the muffler black barbecue paint should do it.
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Unread 12-22-2006, 05:49 AM   #12
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that shiny thing is a heat shield for the muffler black barbecue paint should do it.
excellent suggestion!
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Unread 12-22-2006, 06:09 AM   #13
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Thanks, guys! I've only had my Compass for less than two weeks, but I've already noticed the heat shield behind the rear bumper. Since my Compass is black, it REALLY sticks out!

Wonder how difficult it would be to remove it, so that I can paint it without worrying about masking everything from the overspray?
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Unread 12-22-2006, 07:33 AM   #14
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do not remove heat shrowd

i would leave it , just spray it flat black, you are correct it does stand out, i just put a magnaflow cat back polished stainless, other then the fitment issues and the drowning sound at cruising speed, it looks great when its standing still.
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Unread 12-22-2006, 07:34 AM   #15
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Thanks, guys! I've only had my Compass for less than two weeks, but I've already noticed the heat shield behind the rear bumper. Since my Compass is black, it REALLY sticks out!

Wonder how difficult it would be to remove it, so that I can paint it without worrying about masking everything from the overspray?
...remember to put it back 'cause you'll need it for re-entry.

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