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Unread 08-13-2009, 02:39 AM   #1
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Default Best way to go about gas tank restoration

Well, I recently got a Honda nighthawk 450 82. The bikes engine is in perfect condition, fully working , certified and saftied. But the body needs some work. There is rust on the mufflers, and the tank is terribad! There are dents at the top etc. So What should I do? Im thinking of getting some sort of filler to fill in the dents, then give it a chrome paint job. Do you have any better ideas guys? Also, what is the best rust remover for metals that I can get here in canada.

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Unread 08-13-2009, 04:31 AM   #2
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I'm not sure on the rust remover, but when I was restoring my 72' Rupp Roadster I poured half a handful BB's (The kind for a BB gun) along with some CLR inside the tank while it was off the bike and shook it up like crazy. Then I emptied everything into a bucket and repeated until the CLR started coming out clear. This way is messy, but it seems to work quite well.

If your tank is in really bad shape internally you may have to cut it open, clean it out, then have it welded back together. This way would be the most thorough for cleaning the insides.

As for the dents in the tank, my uncle and I used some bondo for filler with a good light sanding and it came out great. Just make sure to take your time and work smoothly with the bondo or you'll end up with a lot of sanding to do.
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I've done the above with a hand full of wood screws LOL

A more professional method would be to drop it off at a rad shop for tanking. They do this with rads to prepare the surfaces for soldering, must be real clean for soldering! It will come back clean bare metal. Also great for prepping the outside for filler.

I can't imagine them charging you much.
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give your bike to mechanics for servicing.

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