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Alloy Tank Protection

Posted by graham_leblond at July 03. 2017

I met with a guy tonight who is putting together a package for Norton owners to basically have their alloy tanks wrapped in a clear coat ultra thin plastic.  It is almost invisible to the eye but stops the tank getting scratched.  In fact if the covering gets marked (by zips buttons etc) all you have to do is pour hot water over it and it reforms without the need to have it re coated.   I am definitely interest and I will have some idea of prices etc as of tomorrow.   Anyone else interested?

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Posted by Clive Astley-Mynd at September 05. 2017

Hi Graham,

A bit of a late posting as I'm only now about to pick up my new cafe racer. A local 'wrap' company in Birmingham can provide off the roll material and application kit as I was considering protecting the back of the tank only. What details do you have?

Regards,

Clive

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Posted by peter_myers at September 11. 2017

I bought a roll of "helicopter tape" cut of about 300mm (1ft) cut a couple of darts either side and put it on the rear of the tank close to the seat. I used soapy water so I could position the tape and get the air bubbles out. It peals off easily if it gets scratched and a new piece is applied.

 

BTW Its called helicopter tape as it's apparently used on the leading edge of helicopter blades

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Posted by Clive Astley-Mynd at September 12. 2017

Hello - thanks for this - I have used helicopter tape on my cycles for years but only as a narrow tape. How wide is the tape you got?

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Posted by graham_leblond at September 12. 2017

Hi All

 

 

Sorry for the late reply I have been flat out at work.   The guy I met is Alex Cullen and his company is Clearcoatscotland.co.uk   Tel 01413635050

 

 

He covers the country doing work for high end dealers

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Posted by Clive Astley-Mynd at September 13. 2017

Thanks for the info. I like the 'covers the country' pun - I think you've created an advertising slogan for him.Smile

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Posted by peter_myers at October 01. 2017

Previously clive_astley-mynd wrote:

Hello - thanks for this - I have used helicopter tape on my cycles for years but only as a narrow tape. How wide is the tape you got?

 

Sorry for delay in reply. The tape I used is around 100mm wide. Works quite well, as it stops the buttons and zips from jacket scratching the tank.

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Posted by david_evans at October 02. 2017

Blade tape is good stuff until it starts coming off your blades, then things can start getting interesting. It tends to go yellow over time and is quite thick. I use it for the rear edge of my Fastback tank to stop the sear chaffing the paint. You could also use clear fablon though the stuff I used to have access to was matt, we used it to cover charts for re-use

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Posted by peter_myers at October 02. 2017

Previously david_evans wrote:

Blade tape is good stuff until it starts coming off your blades, then things can start getting interesting. It tends to go yellow over time and is quite thick. I use it for the rear edge of my Fastback tank to stop the sear chaffing the paint. You could also use clear fablon though the stuff I used to have access to was matt, we used it to cover charts for re-use

The stuff I used was 3M, just measured it and it's 122mm wide.

Not too bad on flexibility as it follows the curves of the Dominator tank. It comes off quite easily and doesn't leave any residue. I plan to replace it every year so the yellowing shouldn't be a problem. I don't think I'll be subjecting it to the same punishment that the leading edge of a helicopter blade experiences Surprised

I should get 4 applications from the roll I bought. It suits me as I don't fancy covering the whole tank on a semi perminent basis.

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