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Offline killindini1

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The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« on: April 02, 2019, 07:53:47 AM »
Well, the tank is dead, and not from the paint falling off.
Was on a trail ride in the weekend, some technical sections, rocky, rutted and steep.
Last loop of the day i biffed it and the poor bike landed on a rock, at the same time pinning me underneath it.
As i was waiting for help, i was being drenched in fuel.Front of the tank had ruptured.
This tank has been well documented on this forum over the years, and im imptessed that where it has split the paint hasnt flaked of in large pieces.

I have a spare tank fortunatley.

Cheers,
Steve.


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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2019, 02:53:41 PM »
mighty fine innings, and a testament to how good that paint job is.

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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2019, 03:15:55 PM »
Well Steve that sounds like it would of been entertaining for the others with you.

RIP tank, another one bites the dust. I went through two last year on my 175, I might have to go aftermarket.

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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 03:55:19 PM »

 Great to hear your ok Steve , that tank has earned itself legendary status
  On the top shelf in the garage  :)



     Might be time to whip up another alloy one  8)




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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 06:02:39 PM »
Wow thats some impact.
I bet that would have destroyed a radiator on a modern.
Having a spare tank is a bonus.
Hope it didnt detract from a long awaited ride.

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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2019, 01:35:33 AM »
Saw in IT465 on eBay here recently
"Tank is split but easy fix (seal with pet seal/epoxy and then make a cover for it)"
LMFAO

There you go Steve, easy fix, all you have to do is...

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Go soothingly on the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.

GRIP AND RIP CRAIG AND CHRISSO!!!

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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 05:08:23 AM »
Hahaha,
Yes im sure chewing gum would work too lol.
I'm going to use my spare tank for now, but still have half a sheet of alloy left so will make another alloy tank as a "spare".
Dead right Bruce, would have wrecked a radiator, glad i wasn't riding my WR.

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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2019, 08:43:59 PM »
RIP famous painted tank.

Some pics I got of it back in it's prime... and the procedure to paint it...

This is the procedure for painting a plastic tank:

Painted IT200 Tank:



The steps to achieve this finish are:

[1] Wash the tank inside and out with hot soapy water, removing all fuel and oil residues.
Leave tank to air dry for a couple of days cap off.

[2] Give the tank a general sand with 120-150 wet and dry sandpaper, make sure you use
dish washing detergent mixed with water while you sand. This helps lubricate the plastic while you sand.

[3] Remove sharp edges,I'm not sure about other IT tanks, but the 200 tank has a sharp mould lines be
sure to round off these.

[4] Wash tank with dishwashing detergent and a white scotch brite pad.

[5] Rinse thoroughly, do not touch the tank with your hands.

[6] Apply Isopropal Alcohol with a clean rag to outside of the tank.

[7] Spray plastic adhesion promoter to outside of tank,follow manufacturers instructions to the letter.
If it say's one coat, one coat only.

[8] Spray a urethane 2 pack primer,the primer and top coat must be from the same manufacturer,
don't mix and match.

[9] Lightly sand primer with 800 wet and dry sandpaper.

[10] Spray top coat with 2k (colour match original IT blue).

[11] Leave the tank for at least TWO weeks for the paint to fully cure,so that all the solvents can release.

[12] Apply decals.

[13] Pat yourself on the back,drink a six pack of your favorite ale, and admire your nice new shiny tank.

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Cheers

Jock


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Re: The famous painted tank finally dies RIP.
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2019, 05:22:49 PM »