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Old 04-08-2009, 09:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Powder Coating gas tank

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does anybody know if it is ok to powder coat gas tank? as I have heard it will damage the tank if it is heated? If anybody has done this please let me know, also good to see photos of the outcome.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A buddy of mine just had the tank on his ducati monster powdercoated. It turned out beautifully! I'll try to get you a picture.
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If you removed the petcock, the cap, all rubber grommets, fully rinsed all fuel out of the tank and let it air out for 24-48 hours prior to baking, I imagine it would be fine... Most powder coating cures around 450* or so, which I can't see warping the tank... but any rubber or plastic that may be on the tank will surely not enjoy it.

I'm curious to hear what other folks have to say about it as well... I've thought about it myself in my quest for "nothing shiny".
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I'd love to see a bonnie tank powdercoated "chrome", it looks like polished aluminum. PC is 100% ok for tanks.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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cheers guys, for this input, and yes the coating will definitely be Chrome silver, and I will do the engine covers as well at the same time. It is for my Scrambler
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Motorcycle Powdercoating

Since 1990 I've relied on powdercoat for gas tanks, exhaust, frames, and other small parts. My 1967 Bonneville doesn't have any paint on it. All the paintable parts were powdercoated black at Road Toys Powdercoating in Deanville Texas. Check out the guys web site at www.roadtoys.com. Stroker (formerly know as Chuck) does some amazing stuff with bike parts. My friend had his 1966 Triumph done there with the white with orange stripes both on his tank and polished aluminum wheels - incredible. I've been able to Fedex him my parts and they return ready to go. The kinds and colors of powders available is incredible.
Dave Smith built my and my friends Bonnevilles and he uses him exclusively. The guy only does motorcycle parts so he knows what works.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have decided to powdercoat both engine covers as well. So gas tank, both engine covers, exhaust plate, Chain Guard, shifter lever even the skid plate, everything will be coated in Chrome Silver
I will post some photos when done.
Thanks for all the input guys.
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Old 04-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Avoid...

epoxy powder if you can; epoxy esters are famously hard, but famously prone to UV damage/fading/discoloration... if you can find a vendor that uses acrylic powder or tgic (triglycidyl isocyanurate) powder, go with either of those, they are usually formulated for best UV resistance.

Post photos for us to ogle when you get 'er done!

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