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Clear coating a bare metal gas tank - any suggestions?

I am sanding my tank down to the bare metal and would like to give it a thick clear coat that shows the imperfections of the metal and whatnot. I am not sure what paint/laquer I should be looking at applying. So far Krylon over primer has done the job on the fenders and side covers, but that has been for matte black cover and it works well, but it is thin as ****. Any ideas what I should be looking to try?

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Clear powder coat.
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Clear powder coat.
That might be ideal, but I was hoping for something I could do on my own. I don't have access to any special equipment or expertise.

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Powder Buy The Pound -Powder Coating Equipment and Supplies

Check youtube for powder coating how-to videos

Do some immaculate surface prep.

Use your oven to cure. Make sure ALL gas and fumes are out first, or BOOOM!

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Powder Buy The Pound -Powder Coating Equipment and Supplies

Check youtube for powder coating how-to videos

Do some immaculate surface prep.

Use your oven to cure. Make sure ALL gas and fumes are out first, or BOOOM!

Keep the gun for future mods
Thanks for all the info (especially the BOOOM!). I will definitely check out some vids and consider it.

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do this by using a standard paint gun? I have a decent gravity feed one at the house. I think the "raw" metal look is sweet
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do this by using a standard paint gun?
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Curious about what you are doing to the metal before applying the clear coat, you going to do any etching, grind marks, or heat coloring?


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clear coated raw metal look tank

I would love to have mine look like this. i dont think it should be too hard
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Curious about what you are doing to the metal before applying the clear coat, you going to do any etching, grind marks, or heat coloring?
Not really sure. I haven't stripped it yet and I want to see what it looks like when I do. I want to give it a worked/aged/beat up look. I may rust it a little, or scuff it up. I wont know until I get there.

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