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Old 07-26-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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Painting LP tanks

I am considering painting my LP tanks a teal blue to complement my awning color. The silver / aluminum paint oxidizes badly each year requiring repainting.

Are there any negatives to painting tanks something other than silver, white, or tan?

Also, any pictures from others who have painted their tanks "interesting" colors would be nice to see.

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Old 07-26-2010, 08:39 AM   #2
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Craig Dorsey painted the tanks a unique color on this restoration.

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Old 07-26-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Darker colors would tend to cause the tanks to heat when exposed to bright sun, which could cause them to vent and pose a risk of fire.
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Old 07-26-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Just sandblast, prime, and paint.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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Why not use a lacquer and basecoat? A good, durable finish, and no oxidation if you wax them once a year or so.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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Stay away from darker colors... Especially in hot areas
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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While darker colors are an issue in direct sunlight, the biggest issue arises when it is time for intermediate certification of the tanks. Re-painted tanks hide defects that might be discovered otherwise. Other than having to sandblast and repaint at certification time, and the resistance of suppliers to accept teal tanks for exchange (the most common method of avoiding certification issues is to make them someone else's problem), go for it.


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Old 07-26-2010, 09:25 PM   #8
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Post pics of your painted LP tanks! I too plan on painting mine very soon!
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:51 PM   #9
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I painted the tanks on my Boles Aero a royal blue when the OPD valves first were introduced/required. No problems thus far with over heating and/or venting in temps of 100 plus.

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