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Spray painting Motorcycle Fuel Tank Question

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Hey all,

Quick question/ advice request.
I have a really clean vintage tank, Im doing a color change, so I am planning to just sand and break through the clear, clean, paint, shoot new clear.

Once I break through the clear, what's the best method to clean that existing base coat before shooting a new color? I have various stuff on hand, such as mineral spirits, good old dish soap, spray degreaser, vinegar, etc.

Thanks in advance,
P

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,668
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    non-VOC brake cleaner. Or Simple Green. Or both...
    Br. Jamie, osb
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  • GroundUp
    GroundUp Member Posts: 1,959
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    Lacquer thinner wipe followed by a tack rag after it dries is usually my go-to. I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol
    electronictofuCLamb
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,974
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    Lacquer thinner might not be the best if it is lacquer. If it is enamel it should work well.
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    Hello @electronictofu,

    I think the auto body refinishing pros use a product like Prep-sol.

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  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,347
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    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,924
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    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    I'm on several car forums.

    I completely understand why this was asked here and everyone should take it as a compliment. ;)
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
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  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    Cars, Buses, Trucks and the like have hydronic heat too.


    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,924
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    109A_5 said:

    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    Cars, Buses, Trucks and the like have hydronic heat too.


    This specific post is about a motorcycle, so you'll be really stretching it.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,347
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    :D Only joking. Of course this question is welcome here.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,974
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    109A_5 said:

    Hello @electronictofu,

    I think the auto body refinishing pros use a product like Prep-sol.

    It is just an abbreviation of preparation solvent. The one I have from duplicolor isn't very aggressive and I would question how well it removes wax.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,835
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    What year and make of bike ?

    There was an error rendering this rich post.

  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,716
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    ChrisJ said:

    109A_5 said:

    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    Cars, Buses, Trucks and the like have hydronic heat too.


    This specific post is about a motorcycle, so you'll be really stretching it.
    they make electric warmed grips, and gloves, and jackets, and the like,
    Electrify
    known to beat dead horses
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,924
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    neilc said:

    ChrisJ said:

    109A_5 said:

    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    Cars, Buses, Trucks and the like have hydronic heat too.


    This specific post is about a motorcycle, so you'll be really stretching it.
    they make electric warmed grips, and gloves, and jackets, and the like,
    Electrify
    Those aren't hydronic.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,701
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    If water traveled at the speed of light, would it act like electricity?
  • neilc
    neilc Member Posts: 2,716
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    ChrisJ said:




    neilc said:

    ChrisJ said:

    109A_5 said:

    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    GroundUp said:

    I definitely did not expect to see a question like this on HeatingHelp lol

    I'm beginning to think we should start a car forum too. ;)
    Cars, Buses, Trucks and the like have hydronic heat too.


    This specific post is about a motorcycle, so you'll be really stretching it.
    they make electric warmed grips, and gloves, and jackets, and the like,
    Electrify
    Those aren't hydronic.
    we stray, we stray, which subforum is this anyway ?
    heatpumps, resistance, Electrify
    known to beat dead horses
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 15,924
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    ratio said:
    If water traveled at the speed of light, would it act like electricity?
    No.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment