Is there anything cooler than a bare metal tank? I tell ya, I’m not so sure. A nice paint job is fine and all, but there is something about raw steel that just fits with my cold hard stigma of motorcycling. I’ve had three bikes running bare metal tanks, but up until this point, I have outsourced the job. This time, I decided to get my own hands (and garage floor) dirty, and take the task on myself.
Previously, I had a local metal working company chemically strip both the insides and outsides of my tanks. All said and done, it costs about $35; not bad. Before going that route again with my Ninja project, I decided to do some looking around.
I came across Rust-Oleum Aircraft Remover on Amazon for a mere $11 ($10.53 in reality). The product had an average 5-star review, so I decided to give it a shot. I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the results:
You can see from the video that I had to apply Aircraft Remover multiple times to get the tank stripped. You’ll also notice that even after four times of letting the stripper sit, scrapping, and brushing, that the tank will still need to be sanded. You’ll also notice that the job is quite messy. All said and done, I invested probably and hour and a half into the effort, and used about half of the 32-ounce Aircraft Remover (which is awesome, because that means I can do another tank).
If you’ve got the time and space, and don’t mind a little clean-up, I can totally recommend this product. Just beware, the reviews warn that this stuff will burn immediately if you get it on your skin, and they aren’t joking. Make sure you suit up before you do your strippin’!
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