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Old June 21st, 2013, 05:41 AM   #1
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Exclamation Carbon tank needs to be recoated?

Hey all,
I've been fixing up my '09 1198. Just had all of her carbon re finished. And tons of other work.

Go figure when I think we are all done-
Now we ran into this problem- the carbon fiber tank is no longer holding up on the inside and is breaking away ;(
Outside is gorgeous after its new finish. Such a drag.
How, whom, and what, can I recoat the inside of this tank with??
Fast replys are awesome' bc she is a sitting duc for now again...
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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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Hey all,
I've been fixing up my '09 1198. Just had all of her carbon re finished. And tons of other work.

Go figure when I think we are all done-
Now we ran into this problem- the carbon fiber tank is no longer holding up on the inside and is breaking away ;(
Outside is gorgeous after its new finish. Such a drag.
How, whom, and what, can I recoat the inside of this tank with??
Fast replys are awesome' bc she is a sitting duc for now again...
Thanks
sorry I have to say this, no one will fix your inside carbon tank even the mfg of that tank won't fix it, you have to kiss that tank good bye, Carbon cost a lot of money but one little mistake hole some where inside the tank then the gas eat up and mess up the whole tank

get oem tank put your baby back on road.
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Old June 21st, 2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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sorry I have to say this, no one will fix your inside carbon tank even the mfg of that tank won't fix it, you have to kiss that tank good bye, Carbon cost a lot of money but one little mistake hole some where inside the tank then the gas eat up and mess up the whole tank

get oem tank put your baby back on road.
Thanks Phil, I hear you on that. It's my next option. Though, before throwing that much cash down, I'd rather experiment a lil.
People always come up with new sealers and etc~ so just have to see before admitting defeat
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Nice duc btw!
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Old June 21st, 2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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Can you use the same tank sealant people are using to protect their plastic tanks from E10?
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Coat it with

Caswell Epoxy Gas Tank Sealer <Motorcycle Tanks
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If you want some advice and a even work done from a highly skilled pro please shoot me a PM and I can assist ya man! Looks HOT too btw!
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Good question VFRMAN' I'm going to check into every lead and work my way from there.

MotoWheels- your recommendation seems to fit the bill! Worth a shot at least.

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Thx Gunny'
If I was closer to you, I'd let you have a go. I've had nightmares with shipment of carbon parts. so a bit paranoid of my tank being squished. Shippers are rough with these parts :/ Ive Gotta at least try one of these first'
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Hi Temptation........ I tried the epoxy sealant on a mates carbon tank that was blistering the paint on the outside. It seemed to be ok then blistered up again (after having it repainted) a few weeks later . Treated it a second time thinking perhaps we missed a section but no good. he ended up replacing it with aluminium.
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EL Twin, as I've learned with clear coats, oils, shears, coolants, etc- there is a good and bad version of everything.
And sadly trial and error are the only ways to learn what works. I'm sorry your trail was frustrating and uneventful. We Had the same issue with clear coating a few weeks ago.

I'm going to try caswell as recd by these fellas
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i found this:

Caswell Epoxy Gas Tank Sealer

says they've used it on carbon fiber and Kevlar.
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We have been coating plastic, carbon fiber and ETI Fiberglass/Kevlar tanks for many years with Caswell .

No problems if you follow the directions closely and take your time.

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Under $50, why not give it a shot, let us know how it turn out?
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Under $50, why not give it a shot, let us know how it turn out?
My thoughts exactly. Will do wish me luck'
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EL Twin, as I've learned with clear coats, oils, shears, coolants, etc- there is a good and bad version of everything.
And sadly trial and error are the only ways to learn what works. I'm sorry your trail was frustrating and uneventful. We Had the same issue with clear coating a few weeks ago.

I'm going to try caswell as recd by these fellas
thanks and wish me luck
Thanks Temp.
In our case it was not the fault of the clear coating or paint quality... Both were done in 2 pack by a very skilled and experienced mate who has done countless tanks in the past.

Our problem was the fuel leeching through the (no doubt poor quality) carbon layup and blistering the entire paint layer from the underside. Popping a bubble was rewarded with the small of fuel!!!

Best of luck with yours mate!!
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This is the reason why composite tanks exist. They won't have any of the issues a full carbon tank has.

FuelCel, Home of the Worlds Best Composite Fuel Tanks

John also can fix any crash damaged tanks with no problems.

The only thing you won't get is a carbon look... But you can get stickers for that. LOL
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