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Started working on the gas tank for the restoration of the 1982 BIG RED 200E. The first step for me is coating the inside of the tank with REDKOTE. The inside of this tank was not that bad but I would hate for a new paint job to get ruined due to a gas leak down the road. Coating the tank as a first step is smart for me since I do not have to worry about getting acetone or the coating itself on the outside of the tank. If I do no problem since the tank will be stripped anyways. I have detailed the tank coating process in another post here TANK COATING. See pics and captions below. I will add info to this post as I progress with this job.

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Before pic of the gas tank

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Inside of tank before coating. Not too bad.

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pic of inside of tank after coating
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Next I used paint stripper and razor blade to remove some of the old pant and the decals. This will make media blasting the tank easier.

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Tank after media blasting

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I used a sharpie to identify all the dings that needed body filler. This tank was in pretty good shape.

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Body filler applied and sanded. Tank is now ready for primer.

UPDATE 2019: I have since painted the tank with epoxy primer after it has been media blasted. I then do the bodywork over the epoxy primer. Once the bodywork is done I will put on another coat of epoxy primer. I changed my process because I believe the epoxy primer will provide more corrosion resistance as compared to the urethane primer.

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Epoxy Primer Used

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First coat of epoxy primer

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body filler and spot putty applied

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Body filler and spot putty used





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Urethane primer used

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Primed the tank using 2K urethane primer. After it is dry I will need to wet sand it.

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Primer wet sanded with 600 grit

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Basecoat applied


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clearcoat applied. Looks rough because I ran out of paint on the third coat. It's ok I will just need to color sand more than what I wanted.

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Tank color sanded with 1000 and then 1500 grit. Goal here is to "level" the paint. Wet sand with 1000 and 1500 grit so the complete tank is dull. Just make sure you do not sand though the clearcoat
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Tank buffed with electric buffer. This is pic shows the results of 2 buffing stages. Still have 3 stages left.

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Some pics of the tank after buffing and installing the decals. The tank still needs to be waxed. For more paint details check out PAINT DETAILS


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