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5 Best Paint to use on a Motorcycle Gas Tank

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After restoring multiple motorcycles over the last 10 years. It’s interesting because if you look across the industry, there are various different options to paint your motorcycle gas tank. So in this guide, we have listed the best motorcycle gas tank paint that you can get right now.

I will be sharing with you my experience in this article.

So what is the best paint to use on your motorcycle gas tank? 

1. Dupli-Color Aerosol

2. Empire GP

If you only want your tank painted, Empire GP will get it done for about $275 or less if it is a solid color.

The Empire GP is purposely designed to physically stick itself or the substrate to which it is applied. This aim is achieved by stirring an acid with the paint so that the acid microscopically etches the surface of the substrate, thus resulting in a physical and chemical bond between the two.

3. Lacquer

Lacquer is definitely an economical way out. It’s easy to spray and very forgiving. Any blemishes can be easily wet, sanded, and buffed out. Though its odors are not all that good for you, you have your tank perfectly painted. Another issue you may not like about this gas tank paint is the longevity of fuel spills. If I will be painting it again in the future, I will shoot it with lacquer and carry a tissue with me. I used to carry some and if I spilled any gas, dipped it in the window wash tank at the pumps and got it wiped off.

Lacquer paint is a material that contains a resin, which provides a durable finish to hard-wearing surfaces such as furniture. It has a distinct composition from regular latex or oil-based paint, so the application is different too.

4. PP&G

PP&G paint is a fast-drying paint manufactured from pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. The paints are water-soluble but become water-resistant when it is dry. Depending on how much you modified with acrylic gels mediums, or pastes, or how much the paint is diluted with water; the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor, an oil painting, a gouache, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with others.

Many go for PP&G paint. The shopping products are good enough. But like a friend once said, there is a lot of stuff you need to have a compressor that can maintain 6SCFM per min if you’re using an HVLP pressure gun. You can use a 1.4 mm tip to shoot the paint. The paint isn’t cheap at 30 bucks for the primer, 50 bucks for the paint, and 50 bucks for the clear. You can also carry extra gas with a can.

5. SprayMax

SprayMax also comes in any color formulation from some vendors. It is widely used by auto body shops to spray bumpers and other jobs requiring touch-up work, especially in areas lower on the body. I plan to try the black on some tanks when the temperature ever gets warm enough to paint here.

If you do a rattle can job, consider SprayMax. It’s 2k clear in a rattle can. It has a second chamber inside that holds the hardener. When you’re ready to use it, you use a plunger to pop the hardener canister and it releases it into the paint. The can is set to go for 24 hours.


  • Maximum resistance to abrasion and scratching
  • Very smooth flow
  • Lasting high gloss
  • Very good palatability
  • No color deviation
  • Outstanding paint surface
  • Suitable even at higher ambient temperatures
  • Ideally suited for large surfaces

How Much It Costs To Paint a Motorcycle Gas Tank

The price varies by a huge amount based on the quality of the job, the complexity of the design, the amount of prep required, the type and color of the paint, and the number of pieces to be painted.

A modest one-color black paint job for a gas tank that has been sanded and prepped already can be as low as $200. A two or three-color job on fenders, gas tanks, side covers, fairing, and hard bags which includes full prep, coachwork, and installation can cost around $4000.


I hope that this article has archived its aim of giving you a guide on the best paint to use on your motorcycle gas tank, and provided you with tips on how to get your tank painted. If you still find it difficult to paint your motorcycle gas tank, I would recommend that you take your tank to professionals to get it painted for you.

Always remember my parting shot: The safety of other road users is your safety. So, always consider them first each time you have to take any action, whether major or minor.  I wish you a safe trip each time you get on your saddle. Stay here with me for the next post.

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