Painting a new outdoor oil tank

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Old 03-14-19, 02:28 PM
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Painting a new outdoor oil tank

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ive read some threads on this but hoped to get more specific for our tank. I need to paint our new oil tank for our furnace. It was put in Nov 2018 and Iím planning to do it soon. Do I still need to use a primer first and then put the rustoleum paint on? Or since itís beand new, with no rust, can I just clean it with mineral spirits and the put a layer of weatherproof paint on it? Itís a black 330Gal tank.
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Old 03-14-19, 05:07 PM
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I would scuff it down with sand paper or scotch brite pads, clean with wax and grease remover, prime and paint.
 
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While primer doesn't hurt, if it currently has paint on it you can skip the primer and sand lightly then paint. Make sure any oil residue [or other contaminates] is removed first.
 
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Old 03-15-19, 04:43 AM
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if it currently has paint on it you can skip the primer
That may be acceptable if you know what was used for the base coat and are using the same paint but if unknown primer should be used.

Checking is the chemical reaction between dissimilar paints, primers create a barrier and provide a paint friendly surface for paints.

Primers stick to metal, paints stick to primers!
 
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