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    First of all, thanks for the replies to lasts weeks post regarding my fuel tanks. In following the advice, I removed the carpet from the tanks and there ain't no way that oil saturated crap is going to go back in and I sure don't want to spend money on carpet when the paint looks so good underneath. The paint is metal flaked like the hull and I really like it. In order to pull this off, I will have to polish the aluminum tanks. The glue came off nice (camp fuel) and now I need to tackle the polish. I was hoping to see some pics of others who have exposed their rectangular tanks...I REALLY need the motivation. I see plenty of pics of round tanks and those look fab but, I can't find any rides with similiar tanks which got me pondering....maybe those rectangular tanks just don't look that good exposed........

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    i thought about polishing mine... ended up just slapping carpet over em. *sigh* maybe one day when im bored.

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    I was in the same perdicament. I did not want the carpet on my tanks. I did not polish them, but I cleaned them up, took a grinder with coarse scotchbrite roloc pad and made a flame design, then clear coated them.I think they turned out kinda cool.







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    That whole boat turned out kinda cool Hal!!!! I'm using that build as kind of a how to for the Sleek Craft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holorinhal View Post
    I was in the same perdicament. I did not want the carpet on my tanks. I did not polish them, but I cleaned them up, took a grinder with coarse scotchbrite roloc pad and made a flame design, then clear coated them.I think they turned out kinda cool.







    That's way cool !
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    "If you decide to polish them" Find someone that works on aircraft and get them to get you some aluminum aircraft polish from there job. IT isnt the same as you can buy over the counter. Then use a buffing pad and a buffer and go to town will be done in NO TIME and it will look chromed when done. I would also Clear it when done other wise you will be doing it again every yr or two.

    The tanks done with flames looks COOL !

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    nah. orbital sander with some 400 grit to get rid of the glue residue and oxidation, and a polishing wheel with high rpms. that'll make short work of any aluminum polishing project. rouge > *


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    Holorinhal, that is out right perfect! You've set the bar high. Thanks for showing those, awesome work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    That whole boat turned out kinda cool Hal!!!! I'm using that build as kind of a how to for the Sleek Craft.
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    Holorinhal, that is out right perfect! You've set the bar high. Thanks for showing those, awesome work.
    Thanks Guy's, I had alot of fun building that boat....Hal

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    Here are mine, seemed like a good idea at the time but are difficult to maintain.
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    Installed, kinda hard to see though.
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    Flame pattern looks way badass!

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    rectangle/flat tanks are not my choice of items to spotlight. Carpet helps to make them dissapear.

    Rect tanks are sheet aluminum, one of the hardest to make look "hard or bright" like machined alum does. Its also the hardest to maintain or keep looking great. They dont look fun to polish IN the boat so expect to remove them everytime they need "brightened" up. They are also "bent" broke" "formed" rolled" etc, and are always full of waves and distortions that make them look like a wavy mirror when shined up.

    If you would like the polished tank look and would like it to be easy to maintain and nice and flat then why not just make a cover panel out of thin sheet aluminum? You can even buy it polished from the metal or trailer guys. Then it will be a flat reflection, easy to remove and install for repolishing etc.


    An addeed cover panel will help insulate the tanks from sun heat too. I wonder what kinda temp increases are brought on by a mirror finish on the side of s tank in the sun.

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    Winter project- gonna hydro dip tanks in carbon fiber. No polishing and looks way cool. Example photo is water neck
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