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Help! Scratched fuel tank
Started at 10:08am on the 9th February, 2018 by daveh
daveh Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Dear Bulleteers, I scratched my beloved bullets fuel tank yesterday, while putting her away in the garage. Can anybody recommend a product for restoring the finish? The scratch goes right down to the metal! It's a 2001 350 Bullet with the cast iron engine. The tank is black with gold stripes and lettering. Cheers, Dave
Posted: 10:08am 9th February, 2018
papasmurf Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
T-Cut
Posted: 11:12am 9th February, 2018
daveh Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Thanks papasmurf, but will T-cut actually fill in the scratch? I thought that T-cut was an abrasive polish. This scratch goes down to the metal, so I won't be able to polish it out.
Posted: 11:44am 9th February, 2018
Mark B Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
You'll need to build up the scratch to the level of the proper finish with body filler or similar, smooth it with the finest wet and dry, then overspray with black paint, blend the finish in with T-cut, and then finish with proper polish. Or, call it patina and say it's part of the bike's history.
Posted: 02:56pm 9th February, 2018
ericpode Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Oh daveh, my heart bleeds for you! I too have had accidents like that. This is what the term "Sick as a parrot" was coined for. I would look for a thick black paint to run into the scratch that would stand proud then polish it down with T Cut or Brasso. Of course Mark B has the correct procedure but you may want to try a short cut.
Posted: 03:24pm 9th February, 2018
Chris [Stockport] Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Ericpode's way, but with a small bit of primer first into the scratch. Or, as he says, properly. Then... enjoy? the battle-scar.
Posted: 06:34pm 9th February, 2018
PeteF Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Humbrol black enamel is a decent match, bit of primer first, touch in with enamel proud of the surface, WAIT til completely hard, protect existing paintwork with tape each side, rub down with progressively fine wet and dry (wet) then polish.
Posted: 06:40pm 9th February, 2018
Andy M Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Duck tape? Actually Mark B has it. A polishing mop on an electric drill can reduce the elbow grease required. Andy
Posted: 08:27pm 9th February, 2018
Revband Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Contact Chips Away, it may be cheaper than you think plus you get it back to as new, they come to you to do the Job.
Posted: 09:03pm 9th February, 2018
Leon Novello Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
I would go with Revband`s suggestion. They would restore it to pristine condition. Most paintwork is protected by a layer of clear lacquer (also on car wheels) so read the instruction manual. It might say not to use abrasive cutter/polish as this will damage the clear protective layer, which doesn`t need polishing or only with non-abrasive polish, and you will end up having damaged paintwork which will need constant polishing just like in the good old days.
Posted: 10:34pm 9th February, 2018
Rattlebattle Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
I’d go the Chips Away route too. Whilst I can do many things, repairing a scratch or dent to be indistinguishable from new isn’t one of them. I have successfully used wax crayons on scratches that haven’t gone down to bare metal; it’s surprisingly effective in some cases, though not on a tank, which is usually the crowning glory and shows up imperfections more than other parts.
Posted: 11:43am 10th February, 2018
Biscuit Barrel Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
If you do it yourself; properly or otherwise, then chances are it'll look like you've done it yourself. If you need a professional finish then use a professional. Personally speaking, if it'd happened on my Bullet I'd be mortified for a few seconds then rapidly learned to live with it. If it happened on my Sportster then yes I would have it professionally repaired.
Posted: 12:35pm 10th February, 2018
Jamesy Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
A good quality permanent black felt marker pen has hidden a few can't tcut out scratches for me in the past.
Posted: 02:44pm 10th February, 2018
Jamesy Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
A good quality permanent black felt marker pen has hidden a few can't tcut out scratches for me in the past.
Posted: 02:44pm 10th February, 2018
ric Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
I’ve carried out a similar repair using humbrol enamel, cocktail stick, masking tape, solvol, T-cut and polish. Very hard to see the original blemish if you take your time. Only problem I found was the paint wasn’t as tough as the original finish and polishing it reduced the height of the repair so it became noticeable. After a second repair I just used a dry micro cloth to polish the tank. Avoid petrol spillage on the repair as well !
Posted: 03:58pm 10th February, 2018
Jamesy Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Black.Its normally very easy to fix as there ain't very many shades.Black then grey then white.
Posted: 04:20pm 10th February, 2018
Valsp Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
Have a bit of confidence in yourself and give it a go. Don't use filler, use a fine brush and build the paint up in the scratch in layers and then just slightly overlap it. Even better if you use an aerosol or air brush for final layer(s) Use fine grad wet and dry no more than 400 grit for the first light rub then finer grades up to 2000 and then t cut. You will save a fair bit and gain another skill. If for some reason it all goes tits up you won't have lost anything You can always call the experts in then but I bet it won't be less than £50
Posted: 05:19pm 10th February, 2018
Revband Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
"Won't be less than £50.00" perhaps not but peanut's compared to tank that irritates you every time you get on the bike, as is it's an easy repair for a professional, start putting different paint types on and it then becomes a much bigger job when the new paint reacts.then up goes the price.
Posted: 08:06pm 10th February, 2018
Valsp Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
I don't know your experience Revband but the paint won't react unless you use a totally unsuitable type. Its like saying you should pay for a professional to change the oil or spark plugs in case you strip the threads
Posted: 09:15pm 10th February, 2018
Felix Subject: Help! Scratched fuel tank
I'd use a fine 00 artist's brush and black enamel under a bright lamp. If you dislike the results, wipe it off with mineral spirits or hire it done. I bought my Bullet with a dented tank and ended up getting one from India. It had no clear coat and the seller, like most Indian sellers I've dealt with, described it poorly.
Posted: 11:56pm 10th February, 2018

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