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Old 04-29-2010, 11:05 AM   #1
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Painting LP Tanks

My LP tanks are solid but have some surface rust where the finish has been scratched. And the labels are pretty sorry looking from UV damage. I would like to paint them the almond color that I used on the AC cover. A light color would be better for heat avoidance.

Any known issues with painting them? If I just scrape off what's left of the safety labels and paint the tanks, will they be able to be refilled?


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Old 04-29-2010, 05:15 PM   #2
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Mine were the same way, and already almond colored.

Here's what I've been told, the tanks are off/from 1985.

#1 need new valves (I am told the new ones are safer and ARE compatible with old hoses)
#2 need re-certified (I have my doubts about how "through" this step will be... :P )
#3 Pursuiant to #2, they need to be rust free which mine were not. Painting over the labels is supposedly OK, major issue is they can't show rust or be obviously pitted (That includes the "foot" ring on the bottom)

As you say, light colors.

I am in the middle of my 2nd coat of almond paint, I laid on 2 coats of rust stop primer first. I have not yet gotten them filled, so I may find out different from what I've been told by the folks at the very same shop...

(This BTW is in PA - local law might be different)

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Old 04-29-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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Hi Guys

If your tanks have the older style valve on top, most state laws now a days prohibit them from being refilled even if they are in mint condition. I ended up with 2 of them from BBQ grills and here in Ohio, they will not refill them.

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Won't change the valve? That's what I'm going to have to do here in PA (sneek over the line with em...) shhhh
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