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Hey guys I am going to take you guys step by step through how to fix a dent. This Will come in hand if you buy stuff of ebay ex. a tank with a dent ( which I will be showing).


This is a picture of thank that I purchase through ebay. Sorry for the small pic It is the only one I have before I started this process.

The first step is to grind in and Sand the tank around the dent. This is done with 180 grit it can be done by hand but faster with air tools. (note tap up the holes so you dont get dust in the tank)

You will also need to sand off the stripes Which are under the clear by now it should look something like this

Once you have gotten here you need to get all the glue and residude off from the stickers it will look lie this

By now I have gone over the everything in 180 grit on the tank if you have some trouble getting off the stripes you can drop the grit down to 120 but then go over that area with the 180

Now Lets fix the dent I am going to use Duraglass it is stronger and becomes harder than Bondo it is go to start with.

You want to mix the Duraglass throughly before applying this is so you go not get bubbles underneath, remember the more time you take to prep the better the overall job will be. When spreading the Duraglass you want to fill the dent and feather it out a little further. Try to keep it as smooth as you can. It will save you time sanding later.

It should look like this when it is dry and will be hard as a rock

Once it has curred you can sand it down smooth using a hard block for the flat areas. This will insure that the area becomes straigh and a soft block for the curved areas. Takes shape to tank. ( Both can be purchased at local auto parts stores for under 20$)

Hard Block

Soft Block

On the duraglass I use 40 to knock it down to the basic shape then come back and do a light coat of bondo which is easier to shape. This is the bondo when it has been shapped then gone over up to 180 grit

We are almost ready to prime go over the tank and look for any shinney places and sand them with 180 then blow off the tank really good you can use a clean cloth to help I use an air blower

Now it is Prime time you need to use a 2k high build primer this will take care of some of the inperfections but dont rely on it. Be sure to mix we and strain in to primer gun.


For the first coat kinda dust it on don't go heavy. You want to get coverage everywhere but controlled coverage. Wait about 5-10 min in between coats. The next coat go for coverage but done run the primer or you will have more sanding to do. It will look like this

2nd coat
After you are done primeing you can spray a guide coat which is black enamal just dust it on. This will tell you if you did a good job in prep when you go to wet sand it for paint.


Now you have a fully preped tank ready for paint process
I will try to do another How To when I get to the paint part

Danny :cheers
 

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low.75r said:
Did anyone find this helpful. Just curious If I should take the time to do the Paint one when I get to it.
You got my vote for Sticky :thumbup
 

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Nice article! I have a "knee size" dent on the side of my 04 750 gixxer.I's almost 2 inch deep. Is it possible to "unbend" the dent before I try your trick or it is to risky to damage the tank ? (I'm gonna try to have a picture soon) Thanks
 

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Good info definitely post the paint.
 

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that is some good shit!!
 

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Symbiote_X said:
Nice article! I have a "knee size" dent on the side of my 04 750 gixxer.I's almost 2 inch deep. Is it possible to "unbend" the dent before I try your trick or it is to risky to damage the tank ? (I'm gonna try to have a picture soon) Thanks
If you post a pic I will be able to help you better :cheers
 

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As requested I have done a continuation, this is Part 2. When we left off the parts were in primer with guide coat. For the next steps you will need a bucket of water and 400 grit wet sandpaper.


This is what the surface looks like prior to sanding

Start sanding the piece with the 400 grit sandpaper. Apply light pressure, it should start to look like this-

As you can see, the guide coat is providing you with a guide, what is still black needs to be sanded. (Try not to break through primer as much as possible)

At this point, you should be fully sanded, if there are black dots, such as rock chips or other imperfections, you can use 3M spot putty applied lightly and cured for 10 minutes, then sand lightly.
The next step is base coat. Apply light coats until thorough coverage is achieved.


I proceeded to do graphics, but if you are doing a solid color, move on to clear coat. Follow correct mixing proportions and flash times and indicated by label.
The next color was black


From there, I painted the number plates and pinstriping a light yellow


Now, for me, it was time for clear.


Here is the finished product




Thank you for viewing, if you have any questions, PM me.:cheers
 

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the only question i got for you is, what's your address so i can you my plastics!!

Kick ass job! How long did it take you?
 

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Re: Paint How To- Lots of Pics

Badass thread, +1

Do my eyes deceive me or do I see some black fading to red? How did you get it to do that...? (Its that or the sunlight making it LOOK like its faded)
 

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Badass thread, +1

Do my eyes deceive me or do I see some black fading to red? How did you get it to do that...? (Its that or the sunlight making it LOOK like its faded)
+1..how'd u do the fade?
 

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Re: Paint How To- Lots of Pics

no it is a fade your eyes work no need for glasses. to fade you lay the red first then spray the black up to a certain point then create a bit of over spray on to the red making it fade from black to red
 

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So the trick is just controlling the spray gun and making sure not to much/not to little overspray gets onto the red or black? Damn... thats some skill right there... I think I'll just stick to painting mine with some solid colors heh.

At any rate, thanks for the write up, badass job!

Oh, and one other question, did you really do that paintjob inside your garage? I would think thats supposed to be illegal or something (just from the fact that I was told I cant paint my car inside my garage)...
 

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Yes that is the key gun control, as far as legality check your local EPA standards the paint have VOC ratings which is what is harmful to the environment. Yes I did spray this in my garage but I am not condoning yu to do it if it is unlawful in your area.
 
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