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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-11-2000, 11:34 PM
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Paint a new gas tank ??

I am on my third gas tank and getting tired of the rust. Thought of poly, and actually had one delivered, but (4WDHardware) forgot to tell me that it would not work with skid plate that was also ordered. I had them send me a metal tank, and am thinking of coating it. Any thoughts??

recently found this BBS and it looks to be a great help during restore effort. Working on a jeep is hard enough ($$), I can't afford to make all the mistakes others have, hope to learn from their (your) experiences

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2000, 05:14 AM
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Re: Paint a new gas tank ??

Might sound silly,and maybe there are better coverings out there,but i have used what is called "lap cement" that you use to seal the joints between roofing paper with great sucess.It comes in a 5 gallon can for about 15.00 drys hard and doesnt soften up in the summer like regular roof "tar". works best if you pour out a coffee can of it and heat it first on your coleman stove,drys quick too.This is not the "plastic roof cement" that is trowel grade,this is a thick liquid you can brush on.And i have never seen it allow moisture to get under it like spray under coatings do,that is as long as the surface it is applied to was clean and dry.

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Re: Paint a new gas tank ??

The POR-15 people have a good gas tank sealant. You pour it into the tank slosh it aroud to coat the inside and you're done. Remember, painting a tank on the outside makes it prettty... however most of the rust, in the seams, comes starts in the inside and works it's way out. If you're going to use steel, coat the inside of the tank and prime and paint the outside with a good rust inhibitive paint.

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