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Old 03-03-2011, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a new gas tank and two cans of tank tone paint for my '65 coupe.
TANK TONE FUEL TANK PAINT by eastwood | CJ Pony Parts

Do I need to do anything with the gas tank before I install it? Does the inside or outside of the tank need any special coating or treatment done to it?

I bought the tank tone paint so I'm assuming the outside of the tank is supposed to be sprayed with it? Do I need to sand the tank down before spraying it on, or just spray it on the tank as is?
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I recently bought a new gas tank and two cans of tank tone paint for my '65 coupe.
TANK TONE FUEL TANK PAINT by eastwood | CJ Pony Parts

Do I need to do anything with the gas tank before I install it? Does the inside or outside of the tank need any special coating or treatment done to it?

I bought the tank tone paint so I'm assuming the outside of the tank is supposed to be sprayed with it? Do I need to sand the tank down before spraying it on, or just spray it on the tank as is?
My original gas tank lasted 40 years. I replaced it so it would look better.

My point is they don't need any more protection than what they already have.
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I wasn't sure if the aftermarket stock replacement tanks had any coating on it to prevent rust or not. The description for the tank tone paint made it sound like I need it, so I just bought it anyways. If its not necessary to use it, even better!

So basically I can install the tank as is, the inside of the tank doesn't need to be cleaned out or treated in any way? I guess I should get off my butt already and stop procrastinating about installing it.
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No, you don't need to do anything.

The tanks have a coating called NiTerne which will last longer than you will

Here in the slushy north where salt is used in the winter gas tanks last about 10 years or so. The body of your Mustang won't last 3 years if driven in salt.
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Thanks for confirming!
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i painted mine with regular grill paint. i used brake cleaner and paper towels to remove the cosmoline and then primed and painted it. having the black paint on the bottom makes it blend in better and it might help with rust i dont know but i did it anyway. if you want to go ahead and paint it.
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So basically I can install the tank as is, the inside of the tank doesn't need to be cleaned out or treated in any way? I guess I should get off my butt already and stop procrastinating about installing it.
If you use the tank tone, I'd suggest using a cleaner or degreaser to remove the product they put on the tank to stop rust when sitting on the shelves. Hope that helps!

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Old 04-15-2011, 07:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I ended up installing the tank as is. I don't see the tank enough for me to want to paint it.
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