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Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank #775503
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An originally red fiberglass B44 gas tank available to me that has been painted over. Is it possible to remove the paint and take it back to the red fiberglass. Thanks

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Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775508
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Depends on the paint.

Some paints will wash off in solvent, some will come off with paint stripper, some will need a wet-n-dry rubbing back,
some will come off with a heat gun, and some will just stay there !!
If its fibreglass based, it might be tough to remove indeed.
And often such things were covered over because they were looking shabby already ?

You can but try. Good luck !

Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775568
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This information would be buried pretty deep, but I think Gary E. used an effective stripper on Hornet tanks. Maybe a marine stripper intended for fiberglass boats, something that wouldn't eat the original gel coat. Been a while ago.

Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775570
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Yes, there are strippers suitable for fiberglass.

I used a product called peel-away. https://www.peelaway.com.au/peel-away-8/ There will be something local to you. Check with marine suppliers.

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Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775578
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I actually found an old post of Gary's via google. He used something called Bulldog flexible bumper paint stripper. And Brizzo mentions that Peel Away, that sounds familiar to me from here on the board.

Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775586
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Thanks for the leads and input. You've given me a direction to head in. Thanks.

Re: Removing paint from a fiberglass gas tank [Re: Woodsie] #775589
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you can try brake fluid too


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