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Stripping/ sanding/ scotch bright/ clear coating a gas tank?

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:24 pm
by Meet The Twins
Basically I have a old CB500T that I just want to freshen up alittle. I was planning to use aircraft grade laquer (sp?) thinner, sand paper, scotch bright, and a rattle can clear coat to stop rust.

Would that be the proper process of giving my tank a WWII fighter brushed aluminum look?

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't over looking something.

Thanks guys!

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:38 pm
by Sev
I've also seen it done with a higher grade sand paper, just keep sanding and it looks like brushed steel at the end.

The clearcoat might end up making it look shiney.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:54 pm
by Shorts
Is it possible to use a semi-gloss clear coat?? I have seen a reference to 'eggshell clear', for example which I read was a name for a not-shiny clearcoat (I've recently been looking at paint websites for the Duc)

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:10 pm
by Meet The Twins
But wont the tank rust over if I dont clear coat it? I would rather leave it raw but I thought I cant.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:01 pm
by Sev
If you wax it regularly it shouldn't rust...

big assumption on my part.

Posted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:06 pm
by Meet The Twins
I just have a problem wwaxing it but with what kind of wax? Regular car wax?