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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

You could always just stick it in one of these. Then you can even exchange the tanks when you need refills.

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Nevermind. That's an entire tank. I swear I've seen similar slide on covers for the metal tanks, though.

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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

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POR15 will do the job.
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The problem with undercoating is that it never really dries. You will end up with nasty tar like stains on what ever you set the tank on. POR15 will really do the trick. it is basically and epoxy paint, and is available in small containers as well. So one can will do a couple of tanks, and perhaps a few other things too. It is very tough and good at preventing rust. Not sure how it would effect getting the tank re-certified when the time comes. They may not allow repainting, I am not sure about that. I am sure they would not like a thick tar like paint that would prevent you from seeing the rust.
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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

What about just setting them in something like this?

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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

Don't you have composite tank's "over there"??
They are lighter, and won't rust... Ever..
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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

No composite tanks available in the size that fits my locker, I'm afraid.

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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

Too bad that composite won't fit.....
I know that most sailors "over here" have switched to composite, because of they don't rust/corrode...
You might consider Plasti Dip for coating your existing tank's...
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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

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very good ideas. The POR15 seems to be the RollsRoyce of coatings, the wound tank is another good idea but right now I'm hemorraging cash on this new boat so the BRILLIANT idea of a pot from the garden center is the way to go; suspect less than $5. I may just have a bottom from one of my wife's current pots that will do nicely. It's all going into storage in 4 weeks so I'm about recycling home products right now.

Thanks to all for the great links and good ideas.
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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

First I bought a 10# fiberglass tank. Love it but.....need a 5#'er. So I bought a new 5#'er and started applying coats of plastidip, The stuff you dip your tool(stop right there!) handles in. But I felt it would wear through. Bought door edge guard trim at the auto part store. Cut to length. Fits tight and keeps tank edge off the boat. No more rust.
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First I bought a 10# fiberglass tank. Love it but.....need a 5#'er. So I bought a new 5#'er and started applying coats of plastidip, The stuff you dip your tool(stop right there!) handles in. But I felt it would wear through. Bought door edge guard trim at the auto part store. Cut to length. Fits tight and keeps tank edge off the boat. No more rust.
Door edge guard, very nice. I'll have to look at my tank and see the finish of the base if it has a rolled edge or not. The door edge guard may prove neater than the simple pot base. The latter holding water (even with the pre-made holes in these) and not being the "exact" diameter. Suspect there would be a length of edge guard left over to tuck away for replacement sometime down the road....
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Re: "Rubberize" base of Propane tank(s)?

The problem with applying coatings is what may be happening UNDER the coating. In order to avoid that, I'd suggest just cleaning the tank, applying a couple of coats of a durable paint, and then placing a rubber pad in the storage compartment to prevent any more wear.

With a 20# tank (which seems to be 17# under the new math) you are likely to be swapping it out, not refilling it, at some point. Which also means you won't have to pay for tank inspections. Better to leave them naked, or add some more plain white paint, and avoid issues there too.
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