If you lack an air compressor for this step, then you might find yourself having a limited selection.
- 1K Coatings
These types do not need an activator, hardener, or any other products for a cure. House paint is a basic example; another is one-shot pinstriping enamel. Frequently, aerosol paint falls under this category also.
- 2K Coatings
These types of products need a hardener mix before you begin spraying to activate a particular chemical reaction when drying. This will provide a finished surface that is durable and susceptible to damage from fuel, UV rays, weather, or chemicals. You might notice average body shops to spray a 2k finish on a modern car’s spray booth.
- Remove Paint
Whether it’s on a tank or frame, you can always repaint over an existing coat. However, if the paint is still in good condition, you can use a 400 grit-wet-and-dry paper to scruff it off and paint over it after. Compatibility might be a risk with the original paint, so always make sure to test the existing color first.
You can do this by soaking a rag in general-purpose thinners and hold it over the paint. If you notice the thinner dissolving the color, it’s best to strip it off.
If you have a new form of reproduction tank, then you can skip this step. If not, start lining up some automotive body filler. Typically, these types are two-part products – which means you will need a hardener to mix with it to create a reaction for curing the product.
It might take around 30 minutes for the filler to finish its cure. Once all goes well, you can begin sanding. Try to remove the filler as quickly as possible without making any significant scratches that you will have to fill at a later time.
A primer is a key between the paint and surface, or in your case, the paint and filler. You can ask your paint supplier to recommend the best primer that will suit the final color for your finished product. Read the packaging, and you will know the thickness needed to lay it on, along with the time in waiting between coats.
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