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I am currently working on two OE tanks. This was what one of them looked like before I started:

Tank - before pic.jpg

Both tanks were pretty manky so I firstly had them both shot blasted to see what they looked like in the metal.

I have since filled a couple of minor dents and repaired a small leak on one with Plastic Paddings Leak Fix.

I spray a good coat or two of aerosol primer and rub them down with 400 wet and dry and will then spray a couple of coats of gloss white followed by a good coat of petrol-resistant clear lacquer. Then the decals will go on. Not sure whether to spray clear lacquer over the decals to seal them on....

These are the two tanks I am currently restoring - work in progress - but I hope to finish them today so they can have a few days to cure before going on a bike. 

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Tanks 002.jpg



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Tanks, Brian.  biggrin

This info will come in handy sometime.

What sort of clock do you work with - there must be 90 seconds to each of your minutes the way you can do all this renovation stuff, photograph the progress, post on here, answer the phone, delegate to Mrs TTR and enjoy yourself on the lanes? smilewink

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I got to the stage yesterday where one of the tanks had got its final white top coat and was ready for lacquer today. You need to leave 24 hours for the colour coat to dry apparently.

I followed the instructions on the can of Halford's petrol-resistant lacquer and wet flatted the tank with 1000 grit paper before applying a couple of coats of lacquer leaving quarter of an hour between coats.

The tank was then left to dry for at least a couple of hours but I am concerned to see now that the lacquer has given the white paint a yellowish tinge. Will it go clear when completely dry or is that normal confuse



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The tank still has its yellow tinge cry

I will just have to be more sparing with the lacquer next time.

Here is what the first tank I finished looked like on the bike. I stupidly forgot to take a photo of it off the bike - which has now gone to a new owner.

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Is that all done with rattle cans? It looks really good.

Not sure that laquer out of a can will ever be as good as the old ecologically evil stuff though, so well done.

Andy

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Yep - all done with rattle cans. White primer/filler followed by several coats of white gloss and then a couple of coats of petrol-resistant lacquer - with rubbing down in between.

I have done four tanks in the last couple of weeks and it takes me ages - still got one to finish off cry 

The cost of the rattle cans is significant but still more economical than using a spray gun with all the cleaning and stuff associated with that.

Ideally I would have had the whole tank finished in two-pack lacquer over the decals but it would add a lot to the overall cost.



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Perfectionist - that's what you are. biggrin


In my view there's nothing wrong with picture No 1 - at least I'd have been riding the thing two weeks sooner at least! wink

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Another of the derelict tanks refurbishment has been completed and it is now fitted to a bike!

I only put two coats of petrol-proof lacquer on and this tank hasn't got the yellow tinge that the first one had. I am quite pleased with the result but it was a lot of effort!

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