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Old 06-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Yes, like many others, I disliked the "whiteness" of the propane tank cover. "I can live with it" said my husband. "I can't" was my designerminded reply. So after perusing the selection of spray paint colours, I chose one and had my husband disassemble the cover halves (lots of small nuts & bolts) and give it a good wash. And just like a man, he decided he should do the painting. I chose a spray paint for plastic specifically as they seem to handle flexing better than regular spray paint. It bonded well and after a winter of storage, a couple of trips including a month and a half road trip, there is no damage to report of any kind. The paint has held up well so another successful and inexpensive modification.

The paint is used is KRYLON brand, "Fusion for Plastic" and the colour I used is # 42322 "DOVER WHITE". My husband couldn't believe how close it matches the fiberglass body - "yes Dear, that's why I'm the designer in the family". A good colour choice if someone has any other external accessories they might want to blend in better. I'm thinking that sewer hose holder next!
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Many thanks for the info.
Another project for my retirement.

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Old 06-23-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

I have to ask. Why did you take it all apart to paint it?

I just got mine and it looks to me like I can just paint it as is ( after removing it from the vicinity of the trailer ).

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Old 06-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Well, that was a disaster.
I thought I shook the can quite long enough, but when I used it it spit out gobs of paint and leaked from around the button.
I carried on anyway, so now I have paint runs.
I guess I'll have to do some light sanding to remove runs and burn up another can of paint tomorrow ( weather permitting ). Also, I didn't take mine apart. It's put together with rivets, not nuts and bolts.

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

gbaglo,

Here's a model airplane tip: stick the can in hot water for 20 minutes or so. This will slightly increase the pressure and also reduce the paint viscosity, giving you better paint atomization and a nicer finish.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Thanks.

I took the empty can back to the Rona paint department and they replaced it.
The clerk said he'd seen it before and could tell from the paint drips on the can that it was defective.

I'm now testing my patience or lack of, sanding runs to ensure I start with a smooth surface.

Being white and soon to be almost white, it's hard to see any defects with the glare.

At least it's overcast today.

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Old 06-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #7
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

The Krylon spray nozzle may also have a setting. Be sure to test the flow on some newsprint or such to get used to the can.
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Well, the second can also sucked, but not as bad as the first.

I can't imagine that they would have a setting that would paint your hand and your shoes.

Anyway, I'm done.

I have used the product before, with none of the issues that I experienced this time.

I will post a pic later this evening which will be quite useless, but poses yet another question.

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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

Hi: gbaglo...I hope you didn't get a defective can of beer also Alf
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Re: Propane Tank Cover - White no more...

No problem with the beer can.

Anyway, here is a picture of Heather. I painted her with Krylon about four years ago and she's been standing in the garden through wind, rain, sleet and snow. She's showing her age a little.

And, a picture of the propane tank cover, along with the "problem". As you can see, Reace turned the propane tanks 90 degrees and I now have this space between the tanks and the trailer. I know that that is perfect for the storage box, but I already have a box on the rear of the trailer.

Just what am I to do with this space?

I have confidence.

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