The tank had several minor imperfections - a couple of small dings and chips - not surprising as it's been on the road for 19 years now. Overall, the original paint work on the tank has held up pretty well. However, I thought it was about time that I did something to give it a new lease of life so to speak.
So the first thing to do was to remove the tank and empty it. I wanted the tank to sit open for a few days before I took it down to the panel and paint shop. Turns out that I didn't really have to do that as they just pump argon gas through the tank anyway.
Well, I guess that did it. Now that I've gone that far, I may as well go all the way.
I stripped all the rest of the bike and gave it a clean - not what I had planned but what the hey....
Here are some more pics for you to enjoy. The kitchen foil you see in the pics is a good way to cover up areas you don't want water or other cleaners getting into. The foil just scrunches up and holds its shape.
There's also a short video below of what I did to remove the tank and the clean up including my moments of forgetfulness.
I took the tank to the folks at Marton Panel and Paint, a local body shop here in our sprawling metropolis (not) of Marton. For those not from around here, Marton is a small town in the Rangitikei district of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island.
The body shop did a beautiful job restoring the tank.
Here are some pics of the finished job and a brief video interview with Zack who worked on the tank.
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