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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 6:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Powder coating a gas tank?

Went to a local bike night last week in my neck of the woods and one of the guys asked if I was going to do anything with the bike over the winter. I mentioned that I had purchased a 749R tank, but where my S is yellow, the tank is green. The guy suggested powder coating the tank instead of painting.

Intrigued, I made some phone calls. Stripped and double coated (color and gloss), anywhere from $125-200. Painted, I am looking at $400+.

Anyone ever powder coat a gas tank and what was the end result? Other than having to bake off the powder coat for another color change, what are the possible pluses and minuses?

Thanks in advance,
Charles
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Old Dec 28th, 2007, 10:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Your chances of an exact match to the painted color of your bike are slim to none.
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Old Dec 29th, 2007, 12:16 am   #3 (permalink)
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I'll second that. In addition powdercoat isn't nearly as glossy as paint. It is more durable in a lot of uses, but even with polishing it's just not as glossy or deep looking as a good paint job.

That may or may not matter to you. On my Harley stuff it doesn't matter to me, but on my Duc it would.
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I have had some wotk done on a couple of bicycles through theses guys.
Call them up they are straight shooter.
http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com/
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Your chances of an exact match to the painted color of your bike are slim to none.
my '97 had at least 3 different shades of yellow on the stock bodywork
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my '97 had at least 3 different shades of yellow on the stock bodywork
They must have painted the tanks on Monday, the fairings on Friday and everything else after the August holiday!
or the guy mixing the paint found the joy of Tito's!
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