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Old 07-03-2020, 02:52 PM
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Should I have the shop paint over the fuel tank screws or not?
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Old 07-03-2020, 03:04 PM
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Paint over the fuel tank screws.

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Old 07-03-2020, 03:08 PM
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Don?t paint over the screws.
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Old 07-03-2020, 03:16 PM
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Two part paint jobs ( base and clear) are more challenging to repair should you have to remove tank after painted. I just removed inspection cover and fuel sender in the confines of root fairing on a 6A . Just a choice, not a right or wrong in my opinion.
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Old 07-03-2020, 03:39 PM
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If you never have to remove the tank it makes no difference BUT if you have to and the screws are painted over it will eat your shorts and a great paint job is now history.
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Old 07-03-2020, 04:00 PM
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mmmmh, whatever ya do, don?t leave em blank. Unfinished looks, spoils any paintjob....
Only acceptable on polished skins
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Old 07-03-2020, 04:37 PM
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If you never have to remove the tank it makes no difference BUT if you have to and the screws are painted over you will eat your shorts and a great paint job is now history
I painted mine. I had to remove the tanks to De-Slosh. Used a paint cutter from Bob Avery. Worked beautifully. Put the stainless/torx head screws back in and it looked great.
Still looks great today.
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Old 07-03-2020, 05:13 PM
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Paint screws seperate, looks far better than chipped paint around screw heads!
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for the replies, looks like this could turn into a "primer war", unintended.
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Old 07-03-2020, 07:12 PM
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I have a nice base coat clear coat and installed SS screws over a blue tank. Step back 15 feet and the screws disappear. Up close they just look ?tactical?. If I ever have to remove the tank the paint job should not suffer.

It is your plane. Not once has anyone commented on the screws.

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