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If you heat your home with propane, having a storage tank on your property is a necessity that cannot really be avoided. However, there isn't really anything visually appealing about the average propane tank, and it is highly likely that it hardly blends in or melds with with the exterior of your home. While painting your propane tank is a possibility, this is a task which is not quite as simple as it sounds. Here are a few of the biggest mistakes to avoid if you are planning to paint the propane tank you have on your property.
Mistake: Not following the safety standards set forth by propane companies considering painting the tank.
Why? Before you paint your propane tank, it is a good idea to talk to the propane company you do business with, such as Northwest Propane LLC, to find out about local and federal regulations regarding the process. Because propane tanks contained pressurized gas, they cannot be painted dark colors, for example, because dark colors absorb heat, and this can be incredibly dangerous. If you paint your tank without knowing the regulations, you could inadvertently create a safety hazard on your property.
Mistake: Not using a rust-inhibiting metal primer before painting.
Why? Rust-inhibiting primer is a spray application that will prevent the tank from rusting after it is painted. Because propane tanks are not very resilient to rust and corrosion on the outer layers, if you do not use a primer layer before painting, you could easily see rust stains start to destroy your efforts in a short period of time. Likewise, it is a good idea to scrub away any spot rust as best as you can with soap and a good scrub brush or sponge before applying the primer coat.
Mistake: Using spray paint to coat the tank without proper precautions and preparation.
Why? When using spray paint outdoors, the overspray can drift everywhere with the slightest stir of air. This overspray can end up on your home, your walkways, your driveway, or even your vehicles. Additionally, you do not want to get paint on the main inlet valves of the tank or the pressure gauge which shows your propane levels. Before you get started painting, cover all areas you do not want painted on the tank with painters tape. It is also a good idea to hang a temporary curtain with plastic to keep away the breeze and lay a drop cloth on the ground.