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Slippery Eel posted 02-20-2007 02:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Slippery Eel   Send Email to Slippery Eel  
I want to repaint my Mirax 12 gallon tanks and need to find fuel-resistant paint. Where is the best source? Thanks--Hutch
The Judge posted 02-20-2007 02:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Best I can say would be engine paint for cars.
Slippery Eel posted 02-20-2007 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Slippery Eel  Send Email to Slippery Eel     
The counter guy at Pep Boys said they have heat resistant paint but no fuel resistant paint. Of course they have all of the paing locked up and suprisingly all facing the same way so I could not read the uses on the cans and didn't have time to get the dude with the key. I'll go back and check but was wondering if there was something special I needed to locate.

Hutch

jflots posted 02-20-2007 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for jflots  Send Email to jflots     
There are epoxy floor paints that are supposed to hold up to anything.
Plan B posted 02-20-2007 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Plan B  Send Email to Plan B     
I want to paint my metal tanks, too, and I am thinking about applying a base coat of automotive paint with two coats of clear coat (lacquer) on top. Most vehicles today have clear coat finishes that seem to be fuel resistant.

Any thoughts?

Rick

zotcha posted 02-20-2007 04:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Just received an old Pate 15 gallon fiberglass tank. Appears to have originally have been red, but was painted over in Desert Tan, leaving a homemade type window. Probably need to strip, prep and was thinking that plastic adhering paint, for outdoor furniture type stuff. I don't fill while on the water, and usually don't even use gas stations. Not too concerned with spilling. zot.
masterskiman posted 02-20-2007 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for masterskiman  Send Email to masterskiman     
Try a high-end hobby shop that carries fuel proof paint for RC cars and boats. These paints are meant to resist alcohol/nitro methane fuels. I have repainted several gasoline tanks with great long lasting results. This type of paint can get expensive and goes on very thin making it easy to scratch. Building up thin layers is always best. Many colors are available including clear coats to top it off. I went with the traditional red which came out great.
where2 posted 02-20-2007 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Signature Marine paints, literally call them and ask for Tom the president of the company, and the most knowledgeable guy about their product, available 7 days a week from 8AM to 10PM EST.

http://www.signaturefinish.com/index.php?topic=Product+Data

He does not sell an inexpensive product. However, it is a quality product, so what's your time worth in the long run?

Slippery Eel posted 02-21-2007 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Slippery Eel  Send Email to Slippery Eel     
As always, thanks for the information.

Hutch

The Judge posted 02-21-2007 12:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Zot...I did my ATC tank with that Krylon plastic sticking paint because the color was pretty close and I had a can. IT IS NOT FUEL resistant at all and has since spidered from not being compatible with the krylon regular primer I used. I am going with auto paint next time. it did however stick really well to my faded pink Tempo tank that I sprayed just for S&G.
zotcha posted 02-21-2007 05:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for zotcha  Send Email to zotcha     
Thanks Nick. What up w/Georgetown? zot.
Binkie posted 02-21-2007 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Binkie  Send Email to Binkie     
If you happen to be spraying your boat with AwlGrip spray the tank too. Its fuel resistant. In fact spray anything with AwlGrip. I once sprayed a rusty wrought iron porch set, just wiped off the dirt and grease with gas, and sprayed it, It lasted for years, and rust never bled through.
bsmotril posted 02-21-2007 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Why not get them powdercoated instead? The powdercoated frames of my dirt toys hold up great when exposed to all kinds of oil and fuel spills.
BillS
The Judge posted 02-22-2007 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for The Judge  Send Email to The Judge     
Great idea sticking a used gas tank in an oven ;)

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