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    My Guzzi has a tank thatís starting to look like a leperís cock.

    Any idea:

    1) why itís flaking like this?
    2) what the possible solutions might be?

    Thanks again

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    Is the tank plastic?

    If so it might be swelling due to the ethanol content in the petrol.

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    Plastic tank?

    I've heard stories of Ethanol vapor getting through plastic tanks. Early superdukes suffered, particularly in America ( I assume there is more ethanol in their fuel ).




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    1. My Guzzi had rust on the frame from new

    2. Whether it's a plastic or metal tank will make quite a difference. For example, Beyer developed flexible paint for the fairings on the Laverda RGS.

    3. Or it could just be rubbish paint. See '1'

    4. Or it could be 'Italian bike character' and legendary reliability. See '1'*

    * Early BMW 650s built in Italy needed less warranty work than German-built bikes!

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    Help me out here guys.

    It’s a plastic tank. Is a suggestion that I can get the tank re-painted with special, breathable paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savio Du Funk View Post
    Help me out here guys.

    It’s a plastic tank. Is a suggestion that I can get the tank re-painted with special, breathable paint?
    not really... It may work, it may not... .there's no magic paint. Some specialist paint may be more bendy, but it's possibly an issue of adhesion rather than bendy, the vapours 'seep' a bit then the paint peels.

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    I doubt it to be honest, both my Ducatis are affected by this, in the end I bought another tank for the SC and put the original into storage in the meantime-it should return to almost its normal shape over time as it dries out, the monster I still have to deal with but at least the paint on both tanks of mine was OK.
    Might be worth asking on a guzzi forum, it might actually be a cheaper option to try and find a second hand tank than get your now deformed tank painted as it may just continue to change shape and no paint will stretch indefinitely.
    It is a pain in the arse but apparantly a common one. Would it be an option to put some sort of cover or other solution to just hide it? (as long as the shape change isnt causing any other issues-for instance my sc was approaching an MOT failure due to having no clearance at full lock between the bars and swollen tank)

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    955 Daytona tanks would stretch to the point you couldn't fit them back on the bike, not sure if any actually split due to this but I wouldn't be happy with how yours is looking either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monstyr View Post
    Would it be an option to put some sort of cover or other solution to just hide it? (as long as the shape change isnt causing any other issues-for instance my sc was approaching an MOT failure due to having no clearance at full lock between the bars and swollen tank)


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Moto-Guzzi-...d=223477781434

    And you get to have a tank bag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    I've got one of these on my FZ750 - it was cheaper than getting the tank sprayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    I've got one of these on my FZ750 - it was cheaper than getting the tank sprayed.
    I put them on most of my bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    I put them on most of my bikes
    Never used one before last year, I like it, the only tank bag I've used that's stayed where it's supposed to.

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    Thanks all and Pygmy, that tank bag is the win. Thanks buddy

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    Default Re: Tank paint

    Could he not get it vinyl wrapped in something that is breathable?

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