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Old 09-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stripping Paint Off Tank for Brushed Metal Look

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First time poster but long time fan of the forum. Apologies if I put this in the wrong section.

I have an 07 Bonneville and would like to alter the tank so that it looks like this custom from Wrenchmonkees:



Being a total novice, my question is: is this just the natural color of the metal with all the paint sanded off? If so, would I be able to easily strip the paint off and apply a clear coat myself, or is this something I would need a professional painter to create?
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You could strip the paint clear coat the bare metal but, without a primer coat, I don't know how long the clear would last. Another thing you will find is that the primer and filler helps to evenout irregularities in the surface of the tank. I think it would look lumpy.

And, there isn't any good way to prepare the steel. It doesn't really polish and doesn't have any kind of luster, not like an alloy tank. All in all I wouldn't predict any great results but heh, the older I get the more I'm surprised by what I don't know.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Long ago I used to paint my tanks at home, using cellulose in spray cans from the local car spares shop. Paint stripper will take paint off very effectively though you may need to repeat several times. Eventually you get close to bare metal and resort to a rotary wire brush in your electric drill to get the residue off. Use the wire brush in one direction and you will get a brushed effect if the brush is coarse enough. Clear cellulose will work well to seal it. Clean with cellulose thinners first. If you can still get cellulose - acrylic in cans is hard work!
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i would defiantly go to your local Sherwin Williams Auto. and ask them about painting raw metal. i'm pretty sure there are clear paints specifically for what your doing. Not to mention Sherwin makes damn good paint.

Remember you will have to spend a little more for Sherwin brand name.

But Bugsy has the right idea with the wire brush, i'm surprised he used paint thinner, i'd use the wire wheel from wax to steel. those things eat paint like it's nothing. and if its not then buy a Milwaukee grinder for that wire wheel. the quality of the grinder makes a huge difference. i have a Skill (not as good as Milwaukee) and it runs a whole lot better than the harbor freight grinder (there's afew of those lying around here, did a direct comparison on auto paint afew months ago).

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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No, paint stripper to get most of the paint off before wire brushing - I didn't have industrial strength wire wheels handy. A really course grinder mounted wheel would get the paint off and give the metal a good brushed look, certainly.
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I used 3m stripping wheels with my electric drill to do mine. Took a good bit of time and effort, but got the job done.
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Mine is stripped and cleared and looks much like the photo. However, I am growing old of it...what color is your tank might be willing to trade?
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The stripped tank will likely rust unless the clear coat is done well. A friends Bonnie tank started to develop surface rust under the clear coat
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Mine is stripped and cleared and looks much like the photo. However, I am growing old of it...what color is your tank might be willing to trade?
Got any pics of it? I might be interested...
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