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Tank restoration
March 7, 2018 - 3:21 pm
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I have a D10 Supreme tank which as standard is part chromed.  The tank needs to be stripped, re-chromed and re-sprayed.  Does anyone have any experience of this being done?  Any recommendations on where I can get it done?  I'm in Kent.

Also - the tank has a small dent within the chrome area.  It's about an 30 - 40 mm in diameter by 5mm deep.  Any realistic suggestions for removing?  It's too far down to get a tool in to push it out.  Or is it best just fill it?

I've attached a picture of a very bad idea of mine to attempt to pull it out which failed miserably (epoxy just gave way on the first pull).  I know, I know - what was I thinking.



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March 7, 2018 - 4:14 pm
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There is no picture attached. Also if you fill the dent and its in the chrome area, you wouldn't be able to chrome over the filler. I don't know where in Kent you are, but after a long time searching for a chromer that actually chromes their own stuff and doesn't farm it out, and doesn't charge the earth for doing it, I would say your best bet is Butterworths in Ramsgate - ** Please log in to view **. they are slow though, count on 10 - 12 weeks turnaround time. There is one in Folkestone that advertises in the bike press, and they are very good, but they are also very expensive.

There are lots of paint places in Kent. You pay more if you go to a specialist bike painter rather than a general sprayer. I go to Panel and Paint in Hythe, they do a good job in around 3 or 4 weeks. I had two tanks and two side panels painted, with decals etc for £400. Have a word with a local paint shop near you, see if they can do you a deal, squeezing your tank inbetween a car job, they can use up left over primer etc and save cash, specially if you offer them cash.

Try a paintless dent removal company to get the dent out of the tank ebfore you paint or chrome, they may be able to remove it for you quite simply and save you the hassle. Mind you, if it was mine, I would just get it painted and forget the chrome. Much easier......

Current bikes......1958 D5,  and a 76 Honda C90 in the workshop.

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March 7, 2018 - 4:22 pm
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I have tried to get dents removed from tanks by "specialist firms" and no one seems to be able to do it most of mine are powder coated which is not too expensive but it depends if you want it original or not. As you are in Kent you would be most welcome to come and see the results of powder coating just pm me. Regards Basil.

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