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I have been looking for a horeshoe oil tank and as you can imagine many are dented - is it ok to use body filler or is the heat too severe?
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Those tanks don't get hot enough to blister primer or paint, a little body filler is just fine for small dents.
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depending on the size and location of the dent you may be able to heat the dent and pop it out with compressed air.
otherwise, bondo will work fine.
I bought an oil tank that had been dented apparently. When I stripped it to re-paint it. I found that someone had used lead to fill a quarter size dent. I don't think bondo will hold up to heat or oil (simply covered with primer and paint) without some distortion later. Has anyone ever actually used bondo on an oil tank?
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When I went to strip my bike years ago, I found the oil tank had a big slab of bondo / plastic body filler on it. It was not cracked or anything and had been on there for years. I ended up buying a repop tank rather trying to re-bondo the old tank.
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Has anyone ever actually used bondo on an oil tank?
YES, and I have had no problems with the paint
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Sandblasting any item is the best way to get 'bondo' to real grab.