Next step on Marko’s chopper was to prep the tank for Marko to customise with some hand painting.
Here’s some of the steps to get it ready.
Starting with the supplied tank, it was time to strip off the paint. I cover this in some detail in this video:
Here’s how it looks twenty minutes later. As you might see, a patch panel was welded very roughly into the tunnel to frisco the tank and now, with all the filler removed, is quite a mess:
Next step was to mix up some polyester body filler and start filling the major dents. Marko didn’t want it in “show-class” condition so we didn’t spend too much time on this:
Once the filler is dry (about 30 minutes later), its time to sand the filler back to the original profile of the tank and mask off the filler opening:
This is spray putty, which is used to fill very minor imperfections. I added four coats to smooth out the surface some more:
The spray putty is sandable, so I carefully knocked off the high spots to smooth out the tank. I did this in the garden as the dust is pretty nasty:
Here’s the tank with a couple of coats of epoxy enamel drying in my shop. After the spray putty but before this paint, I had used a primer over the putty to give the paint something to bite onto:
The keen eye will see some imperfections on the underside of the tank. As with anything, time is money. A location that is not visible is sometimes where you can save some time and money:
All I wanted to demonstrate in this article is that its possible to achieve an acceptable finish with basic equipment in your own shop.
Look out for a series of videos on applying paint….I’ve started shooting them already 😉