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Painting plastic m/c fuel tanks

Discussion in 'Reader's Rides' started by Free Will, Apr 16, 2017.

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    thats good now you can just not think about it till your ready to go rideing
     
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    Well crap.......the 1st "pimple" appeared today on my newly repainted fuel tank. It's about the size of a small pea. I can only imagine it's the first of many still to come.

    I was really hoping that if you took the time and made a good honest effort to paint a plastic fuel tank, it would work. It's just really disappointing. I was getting ready to paint the tank on my wife's bike soon. Now, I'm going to wait and see what happens to my tank.

    It's weird that the fuel vapors can permeate the plastic like it does. I had others telling me that it was a waste of time to try and paint plastic fuel tanks.

    I guess the only thing I can do is nothing at this point. I'll just have to wait and see how bad it gets. :(
     
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    what a bugger :(
     
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    Just an update. That small pea-sized pimple on my fuel tank is now about a $.50 cent piece in diameter.

    And, other pimples are forming, but not yet as big as the first one. It still looks better than it did though.
     
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    you could always find a plastic fule tank liner kinda like krem
     
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    I thought of that, but I don't think they make a product that can be used on plastic. I've used the product that you mentioned years ago, and it worked well on the inside of my metal fuel tank.

    It had rusted pretty badly on the inside. After removing as much of the rust I could, I sealed it with Kreem.

    Description:

    KREEM FUEL TANK LINER is designed for use as a preventive maintenance product in metal tanks new and old; containing gasoline, gasohol, or diesel. KREEM TANK LINER has a unique formulation with extremely rapid set-up that prevents leakage from hairline cracks and seam pinholes by coating the tank’s inner surface with a fuel resistant elastomer. Not for plastic tanks. KREEM is NOT compatible with all fiberglass tanks. You must spot test before use. Read the Kreem “how to” brochure for detailed application instructions.


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    thats the stuff ashame they dont make one for plastic tanks. good if there was one out there for them tho.
     
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    The last time I bought a new dirt bike (1986 Honda XR-600R) was in 1987. It of course, had a plastic fuel tank on it. Within a few years, the tank on it began to discolor and degrade.

    Do new dirt bikes still use plastic for their fuel tanks, or are some metal? I've yet to see a plastic fuel tank that holds up well over the years.
     
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    they all use plastic fule tanks unless you buy an ag or enduro bike but then it all depands on the brand.

    plastics have changed a hell of a lot over the years
     
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    Funny thing! I have some older plastic gas jugs. I'm thinking they are close to being 15 yr.s old or so. For the most part, they still look damn good. The red color is still bright and even, and no signs of the plastic slowly degrading.

    Kind of weird how they can make gas jugs out of plastic and do a good job. Yet, when m/c manufacturer's make plastic fuel tanks, it can end up being a crap shoot.
     
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    now thats dam odd but clear plastics iv noticed degrade quickly
     

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