Matte finish gas tank paint?

rubin

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I have been trying to find info on this for some time, with minimal luck. I am trying to find decent paint for a gas tank, but I want it in a matte finish. I am nearing the point where I will just get a cheap rattle can matte and just respray when I get adhesion problems from gas spillage. I do have access to a full spray booth and I can work with any paint chemistry. I also have the option of just matting down the clearcoat I suppose with some silica or perhaps a matting wax. Anyone have ideas on this?
 
There's a matting additive for urethane clear coat. Works great and will be gas proof. Most paint places will mix some in your clear for free or a buck.
 
Awesome. Any ideas on what it is? I am a paint chemist in the wood industry and this has never come up on kitchen cabinets, lol. I have most matting agents available and I would feel more comfortable doing this myself if I can. Thanks for the info!
 
You know I'm not sure. Just call a auto paint place and ask they'll be able to tell you easily.
 
if you have a booth and shooting real paint shoot hot rod flats! works great... powder is always an option as well... just sho this in low gloss satin for my brother last night
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In the good 'ole days of cellulose paint you could simply add a drop or 3 of matting agent to your normal gloss paint - going from a Satin right through to a blackboard Matt.

There's a colour doing the rounds on some crash helmets - satin plum colour - nice.
 
another option is to just use rattle can, these are done in low gloss black with a flat clear over the top
held up just fine to gas spill, granted i ran into the gas station bought a water and dumped it all over the tank... but did not eat though it i had time to get what i needed to get it clean

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my personal fav powder (flat black)
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and the color match on the gas tank done in paint
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Now that's what I call neat JRK.

My BMW K100 Fighter will be Satin Black with Acid Green accents.
 
now that is something i dig!!! did you see the final of my fighter? was done in flat black and orange accents, and the G-Wing done in flat with green, here they both are... that acid green on satin is going to be balls!!!! i love that look!

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My Beemer Race Rep was going to be Satin Black and FO Orange !!! Great minds..............

Sadly I've got to be practical about what I can complete AND still be able to ride in the remaining time [ not morbid, just realistic ].

So I've decided to cull 2 of the BMW K100 /1100 projects and concentrate on the Fighter and the rest will be based on the Jap suff I've accumulated.

I now have all the donors [ assuming I win the CB550 ] that I need, apart from an Airhead BMW [ R80 /100 ] to build the Max Deubel race sidecar homage. I've even managed to find a guy who will make me a set of period correct sidecar race fairings for $350 - That's a steal.

Theoretically I can now finish off all the other projects and thankfully I have most of the parts now. Most costly parts are going to be the GT750 drum front brake, and two lots of alloy rims / stainless spokes. I'll get there..........
 
JRK - great job. I am debating black or a dirty red with off-white accents on the tank. This will take me some time as I need to practice my 3d spraying technique. I am used to spraying flat panels at the moment, lol. Close but I can see making a few bad passes I would like to avoid. Nitrocellulose would be interesting, we use it in flooring and on some furniture. I like the idea...

Now if I could only finish rebuilding my 'new' motor. Not sure which one has me more nervous. Never built a motor.
 
JRK5892 said:
now that is something i dig!!! did you see the final of my fighter? was done in flat black and orange accents, and the G-Wing done in flat with green, here they both are... that acid green on satin is going to be balls!!!! i love that look!

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they both look awesome! nice tips.
 
My bike has the Hot Rod Hues Matte/Satin Black paint. It looks pretty good and if my memory serves me correctly, it was fairly inexpensive in the world of automotive paints.
 

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You can buy flattening agent from many of the major paint manufacturers, the link below will get you to a place where you can buy a quart of it. Its not cheap (about $65 a quart) but it is easily found and obtained. You mix it with the clear, any clear. Before you use it read the tech sheet - very important. You can vary the dullness of the paint from 1% to 99% with this stuff.


http://www.tcpglobal.com/hokpaint/itemdetail.aspx?itemno=HOK+FA01-QT
 
Well, in essence I did use an engine enamel and baked it. I am a paint chemist, so I could have matted down a 2K system fairly easily and cheaply myself but I wanted to go simple and extremely cheap on this build. I came home with the bike and the fience was not very impressed, lol.

At any rate, I went with a high gloss engine enamel since that was all I could find. I had the tank under my desk at work for 3 months and it was about time to move it. I wanted to 'antique' it a little and have the white stripes look aged, and I think it came out pretty well. The yellowness really came through very well, though as my first time trying to spray a tank - the lines were not as sharp as I wanted. I think I have managed a decent 5 mph paint job. Just finished rebuilding the motor (first time for that as well), so installation is next on the list.
 
I was hoping to do a matte white tank, does that exist? lol


I had a can of AMP energy drink the other day and it has that slightly rough but smooth matte finish, and i loved it. I want my tank like that. not a fan of the super shinny look.


any ideas? links? images?
 
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