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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:43 pm 
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Who in New England USA area does a nice job painting fuel tanks at a fair price. Would like to match OEM color as close as possible. I see there are places you can buy decals.

Do you put a clear coat over paint and decal last step?

How long does the tank have to cure before a brief gas spill won't hurt if removed straight away?

Any idea prices for say T350 tank and side covers?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:12 am 
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Can't help you on who and price.

But, modern paint systems finish up with a catalyzed clear over the colour coats. Recoat window on those without sanding is pretty short under 12 hours, so they cure pretty quick. I understand most custom painters wait a week before flat and polish so the clear is fully hard. So its not going to get much more petrol resistant after a week.

If the decals are printed rather than solid vinyl do a compatibility test ask the supplier of a scrap decal to test on, as the solvents may run the printing inks. Solid vinyl probably OK, but worth testing if you can. How complex is the decal I did mine all in paint, you can get pin-striping tape ( 2 or more paralleled strips of masking tape that you paint between ) and make stencils for lettering other shapes.

Paints more work, but you don't have the visible thickness of the vinyl or risks of compatibility. etc..

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