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I'm thinking that I may want to paint my tank vs. having a shop do it. I haven't had a lot of experience with automotive paint. I've done a lot of typical rattle can stuff on Jeep accessories though and have a pretty good understanding on prep and spray technique . So I was wondering how many of you have taken on this task and then how many wish that they would've just bit the bullet and had a shop do it.
I'm thinking a simple matte/hod rod black.
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If you do paint it yourself, you'll need to use an epoxy clear (even for matte finish) to keep gas from ruining the paint job. They make a rattle can version, but you need a good respirator as it's pretty toxic. But again, you should always use a good respirator when painting...

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I'm thinking that I may want to paint my tank vs. having a shop do it. I haven't had a lot of experience with automotive paint. I've done a lot of typical rattle can stuff on Jeep accessories though and have a pretty good understanding on prep and spray technique . So I was wondering how many of you have taken on this task and then how many wish that they would've just bit the bullet and had a shop do it.
I'm thinking a simple matte/hod rod black.
Photos would be super cool of your home paint job.

For something like what you want, it can be done at home with rattle cans just as well as at a shop, and be indistinguishable from the work the shop does. I have a garage full of pro quality spray guns and equipment but have used rattle cans many times with superb results. Youtube is your friend. Plenty of step by step videos on exactly what you need to do.


On this bike, I used my spray equipment. Paint was custom mixed from House of Kolors.


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If you do paint it yourself, you'll need to use an epoxy clear (even for matte finish) to keep gas from ruining the paint job. They make a rattle can version, but you need a good respirator as it's pretty toxic. But again, you should always use a good respirator when painting...
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For something like what you want, it can be done at home with rattle cans just as well as at a shop, and be indistinguishable from the work the shop does. I have a garage full of pro quality spray guns and equipment but have used rattle cans many times with superb results. Youtube is your friend. Plenty of step by step videos on exactly what you need to do.


On this bike, I used my spray equipment. Paint was custom mixed from House of Kolors.


That bike looks great!!

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Get you a old peice of metal and practice on it if it turns out bad sand off and redo till it looks good then do your bike


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Best advice ever. When I took an autobody/painting course many years ago at the community college, we picked through the garbage dumpster behind any collision shop for discarded fenders, etc, that we brought in to class to work on.
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If you have some working knowledge of painting properly, and have a place to paint that is "clean" then go for it.

I painted several of the "silver" parts on my Phantom and they came out looking good,,,years ago I painted my Isuzu Trooper with Army green flat paint in the back yard and it came out good.
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I painted several of the "silver" parts on my Phantom and they came out looking good,,,years ago I painted my Isuzu Trooper with Army green flat paint in the back yard and it came out good.
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