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Old 09-09-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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how to paint tanks

hey peeps, my brother has a dirtbike and want to paint his tank

the tanks is plastic. any choice of out of a can paint that wont peel off?

maybe krylon?

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you'll need a "plastic adhesion promotor" and use a "plastic cleaner" or rubbing alcohol to clean the plastic first.

any paint will stick to plastic, you just have to get it prepped correctly.
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you'll need a "plastic adhesion promotor" and use a "plastic cleaner" or rubbing alcohol to clean the plastic first.

any paint will stick to plastic, you just have to get it prepped correctly.

thanks ill look into that


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scuff the whole tank with 400 grit and spray on adhesion promoter first (I like bulldog brand), then paint with krylon or something else high quality. spraying with clear coat afterwards (use same brand as paint) will help to improve the durability of the finish.
to be honest, I dunno what kind of finish you are going for, but on a dirt bike youre gonna get a lot more durability if you just get some colored vinyl cut to wrap around the tank.
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scuff the whole tank with 400 grit and spray on adhesion promoter first (I like bulldog brand), then paint with krylon or something else high quality. spraying with clear coat afterwards (use same brand as paint) will help to improve the durability of the finish.
to be honest, I dunno what kind of finish you are going for, but on a dirt bike youre gonna get a lot more durability if you just get some colored vinyl cut to wrap around the tank.

thats a good one, im not looking for a good finish as u can see is just a dirtbike

but vinil can do

ill look into it thanks
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scuff the whole tank with 400 grit and spray on adhesion promoter first (I like bulldog brand), then paint with krylon or something else high quality. spraying with clear coat afterwards (use same brand as paint) will help to improve the durability of the finish.
to be honest, I dunno what kind of finish you are going for, but on a dirt bike youre gonna get a lot more durability if you just get some colored vinyl cut to wrap around the tank.
400 is still a bit rough for paint.

i would just get the gray scotchbrite pad and scuff the tank.

but make sure you clean the tank after you scuff it with a special "plastic cleaner" or a good rubbing alcohol. plastics have certain "releasing agents" in it from when they are molded in the factory which makes it hard for paint to stick, unless you clean and prep it correctly.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:35 PM   #7
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I use prep all and a lint free rag to clean before painting.
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I use prep all and a lint free rag to clean before painting.
Tack cloths FTW!

+1 to Tony's comments.

You can get the plastic prep/ adhesion promoter at most places that sell automotive paint.

Scotch-Brite, plastic prep, tack cloth, shoot!
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FYI - many dirt bike tanks are not the same kind of plastic and they CAN NOT be painted because the paint will peel regardless - the tank 'breathes' the gas vapors. Check what kind it is before you attemt to paint it.

Stock tank or aftermarket? Brand?
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FYI - many dirt bike tanks are not the same kind of plastic and they CAN NOT be painted because the paint will peel regardless - the tank 'breathes' the gas vapors. Check what kind it is before you attemt to paint it.

Stock tank or aftermarket? Brand?
stock i guess is a honda 125
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