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Old 12-22-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hole in my tank.question for autobody mechanics.

I know I've made a thread about this before,but this question is a little different. I'm gonna go a different route to repair this hole if its possible because I'm going to attempt it myself.
Is there any way to plug a hole in a tank permanently without having to weld it? It doesn't have to be pretty,it just has to stop the leak. because I'm gonna cover the hole with these carbon tank sliders.

can I just sand it down to the metal and plug the hole with jb weld? Is there some other kind of filler that someone could recommend to me? how do I do this? there's gotta be a way to do this myself,right?
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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Whatever you do don't use a torch! Especially if the tank is empty. Just a word of advice.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:28 AM   #3
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If you do an internet search for "fuel tank repair putty" or "gas tank repair putty" you will find numerous products that can be used for this, including JB weld. I guess your success will depend on the size of the hole more than anything.
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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If you do an internet search for "fuel tank repair putty" or "gas tank repair putty" you will find numerous products that can be used for this, including JB weld. I guess your success will depend on the size of the hole more than anything.
It's a small hole.the dude that "repaired" the dent in my tank was the dude that put the hole in it. thanks for the advice. have you used this stuff before?
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watch tho that shit gets hot as hell. so try to get all the gas out first lol
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:29 AM   #6
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Not to repair a fuel tank. I've used JB weld quite a bit. It always seems to work well if you can get the surface super clean. I've used some of the metal filled epoxies to repair auto body seams and it works fine.

What's the worst that can happen? It doesn't work and leaks. Your right back where you started from.
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Well if you want a quick fix @ our shop we use panel bonding adhesive that was proven to be as strong as a weld. We use it to glue numerous panels like roofs and bedsides onto vehicles. We use 3M or SEM brand, 3M's part # is MMM08115 & SEM's part # is 39747. Hope that works...
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JABBS11ZX6R is on the right track .....ive used some gear called 'loy' before ....sticks like shit to a blanket but panal bonding adhesive will do the job well
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Well if you want a quick fix @ our shop we use panel bonding adhesive that was proven to be as strong as a weld. We use it to glue numerous panels like roofs and bedsides onto vehicles. We use 3M or SEM brand, 3M's part # is MMM08115 & SEM's part # is 39747. Hope that works...
Thanks for the advice.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a quick fix. I'm just looking for something permanent. because my plan is to...........plug the hole,glue on those carbon tank sliders,and since the carbon panels are thick, I was going feather it out with bondo and sand it down,so it looked like part of the tank instead of it looking like this

It would be a shame to do all of that work,and then if it leaked,have to rip it all off and re-do it. but if this will do the trick I'm gonna give it a shot.
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Well technically it is a quick fix if you glue it rather than welding the hole up!!! Also if you choose to do the adhesive route then you should put the panel bond over the hole and see if it leaks or not. If it doesn't leak then proceed doing what you have in mind. Also keep in mind that the panel bond takes a while to dry but after it is it's hard as a rock but make sure you scuff the surrounding area with at least 80 grit before applying the panel bond, to make sure it bites in.
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Well technically it is a quick fix if you glue it rather than welding the hole up!!! Also if you choose to do the adhesive route then you should put the panel bond over the hole and see if it leaks or not. If it doesn't leak then proceed doing what you have in mind. Also keep in mind that the panel bond takes a while to dry but after it is it's hard as a rock but make sure you scuff the surrounding area with at least 80 grit before applying the panel bond, to make sure it bites in.
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i used jb weld to fix broken cracked case on my old fourwheeler and it held up till i sold it(about a year) but i have had it and other puddys fail before...since you are putting those nifty corbon fiber things over the hole anyway what about this...grind a nice big 4" spot with a grinder to get some deep gashes in the metal, then use your cheap jb weld or gastank repair of choice on the hole, then after it dries put a sheet or two of fiberglass over the whole repair area. I bet that shit wouldn't leak
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i used jb weld to fix broken cracked case on my old fourwheeler and it held up till i sold it(about a year) but i have had it and other puddys fail before...since you are putting those nifty corbon fiber things over the hole anyway what about this...grind a nice big 4" spot with a grinder to get some deep gashes in the metal, then use your cheap jb weld or gastank repair of choice on the hole, then after it dries put a sheet or two of fiberglass over the whole repair area. I bet that shit wouldn't leak
I'll prob just hit it with some heavy grit sand paper instead of a grinder. the tank is already to thin to be grinding it any thinner.but good idea,never the less .thanks,chicken.

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