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Topic: Gas Tank Referb/paint
BB
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Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: October 19, 2011, 14:36

Anyone know how to referbish or paint a plastic gas tank? Mine is in great shape just very faded


BB


Can Am Owner from Ottawa Canada.

suprf1y
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: October 20, 2011, 14:11

This is a good tutorial for painting


http://www.classiccanam.com/canam35.htm


I think I would try to sand and polish it first, and if that didn't work out, then paint as a last resort. Last week I found a good article on polishing plastics, but can't seem to find it again.


SW Ontario, Canada

suprf1y
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: October 21, 2011, 01:03

Found it.


Hope this helps


http://www.3wheelerworld.com/showthread.php/73033-Gas-tank-polishing-Fix-your-old-faded-and-oxidized-plastic-tanks-to-like-NEW!?s=0830bb628d95c178219a28ee7c17473c


Keep us posted on your results.


SW Ontario, Canada

DaveW2
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: October 25, 2011, 03:20

Based on my experience with one white plastic Can-Am tank and opinions on numerous internet forums, painting does not work well. The paint usually bubbles due to gas fumes passing through the plastic. The link about polishing looks like the best option.


MX1-Pete
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: November 16, 2011, 00:57

I did the whole prep and paint thing right to the letter as described in Canned Ham. Looked great for about a month. Even with Blue lightning in the tank to seal it, the tank started to bubble. I bought another used tank which was quite yellowed. Wet sanded with 800, then 2500 grit paper. Came out great. A little polish, new stickers, and it will look fantastic. Looks so good, I will be doing the fenders the same way.


Rokoneer
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: February 2, 2012, 00:26

Just received my first Can-Am in 25 years, a very nice original owner '86 ASE200, and it has the typical and standard 'stained' white gas tank on it. I'd like to get it back to, or close to, it's original patina.


Are the white tanks that are referred to in this thread the ASE tanks like mine, or the earlier 70's style tanks?


I guess I'm under the impression that the staining goes completely through the tank from inside to outside but perhaps this isn't the case and progressive sanding will actually refresh the whiteness?


I'd considered using Caswell tank sealer and then doing a repaint but would rather not have to do that if it's avoidable. Another member here was looking in to the option of bleaching the plastics but we weren't clear about the potential for bleach to a) work, or b) damage the plastic.


So have people successfully done the progressive sanding and buffing technique to an white ASE tank and been successful? Any before and after pictures?


Guest
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: February 4, 2012, 06:16

I'm new… just bought a 86 Can Am ASE 200 last summer (like the guy above me!).

The bike has been in the family since new, and I have a very detailed

history (complete with paperwork)…. My wife's uncle bought it for tooling around

and it had a title when he bought it here in Minnesota. Bike runs great, but the

white tank has yellowed with age/gas fumes.


Now my bike is street legal, and I'd really like to get a bigger tank, cover

this one or as a very last resort, do the polishing thing.


Any chance that there's an aftermarket tank that would fit my bike, with a larger

fuel capacity? Something like an Acerbis 5-gallon (or somewhat smaller) tank?

Anybody know if there's a tank that works?


Or that doesn't work, heck I'd be up for some kind of tank cover. But of course,

nothing is available for the older Can Am. Is the stock tank on the ASE 200 equivalent

to another (more common) tank?


I really don't want to go through all the work for polishing a tank…. but probably would

as an absolute last resort….


Thanks! I hope to use this forum in the future

Chris from MN.


Rokoneer
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: February 4, 2012, 13:56

My 200 also has street legal paperwork. My '86 ASE200 has the red Acerbis fender widener/extenders whereas yours does not. I guess I thought that they were standard on all the bikes but perhaps they were an option? I also see that all the decals have been taken off your bike as well.


There was a larger optional gas tank offered for our bikes known as the Desert Tank. I'm not certain of the difference in capacity but it looks quite a bit larger in pictures. Two of the desert tanks just sold on ebay recently (and bot were yellowed/stained). One of the tanks sold for, I think, just over $150 and the next one sold in the low $200 range! Rare and desirable I'd say…..


A fellow board member spoke to a chemist friend and it was suggested to try soaking the tank in acetone. "He recommended acetone. not to soak for weeks but rather about 1/2hr intervals till the waste acetone is clear."


Guest
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: February 4, 2012, 20:16

"Desert tank" eh? Hmm…I bet those are pretty difficult to find! So I take it that it's a tank that would only fit the Can-Am ASE? Know of any aftermarket tanks available?


I found this picture on motcycle-specs, appears to be a much larger tank.



The fenders on mine aren't original, they have both been changed out, but the originals were the acerbis with the extenders on them. However, they were white with red extenders…. They were pretty beaten, so I changed them out. My wife's uncle took the decals off as well. They had seen better days.


I wonder if the acetone wash would work? Thanks for the info. Good luck with yours!


Chris


jeffro61l
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Re: Gas Tank Referb/paint
on: February 16, 2012, 17:25

For the early white tank bikes, I believe the way to go is to clean/polish the tank, go with new stickies, then convert the bike to pre-mix, if it hasn't been done already. Convert the oil tank for use as a gas tank. Doing this means you will never have to put gas in the white tank, & it will stay looking good. If you use the regular tank after polishing, etc, it's just a matter of time before the stikcies start bubbling. It is going to occur.


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