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#1 Wayne_C

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:31 PM

Hi all,

 

I am currently in the process of restoring my Mk2 Cooper S and its come to painting the Fuel tanks now I have the conundrum of picking gloss or satin black, what are your thoughts, presumably satin would look more in keeping with the original factory finish? 

 

I was thinking what ever I choose would also be used for the sub frames and the number plate back plates?

 

All thoughts welcome!

 

Wayne 



#2 imack

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

I'd go satin black, I think that's what they were originally.

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:29 AM

Hi all,

 

I am currently in the process of restoring my Mk2 Cooper S and its come to painting the Fuel tanks now I have the conundrum of picking gloss or satin black, what are your thoughts, presumably satin would look more in keeping with the original factory finish? 

 

I was thinking what ever I choose would also be used for the sub frames and the number plate back plates?

 

All thoughts welcome!

 

Wayne 

 

 

I was thinking, what ever I choose would also be used for the sub frames.............

 

 

 

Oh no !

 

Don't paint the sub frames black.

 

It's dark under there.

 

If you can get down to good bare metal, have the rear one hot dip galvanised.

 

Alluminium paint is is good, as it is thin and runny and gets into cracks and corners and is a light colour for being able to see what's happening and actually doesn't look too wrong.

 

For many years I have painted mine white, and the engine bay.  It makes working on things easier, especially finding something that drops.



#4 Daz1968

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 03:30 PM

I am currently restoring my mk2 and will paint tanks satin black but will have number plate backing and subframe gloss black, same with interior stuff like column etc will be gloss, I am pretty certain tanks were satin originally

#5 johnR

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 07:51 PM

I painted the tanks on my Cooper s replica gloss black and am very pleased with the way they look

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#6 Hedgey

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 07:55 PM

Another vote for satin. I’m doing all of the black painted components on my mini (a ‘78 saloon) in satin black as I think it looks the most factory

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 09:54 PM

Your tanks do look good JohnR.
It looks like you have the front over riders and nerf bars on your rear bumper. They will interfere with your boot lid.

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:03 AM

They did. If you look at my blog '87 Mini City to 'Mk1 Cooper S' that was one of my new to Minis mistakes!

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for the replies they are getting painted satin next week will post pictures

Wayne

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:40 PM

One of the best paints for sub-frames is black tractor paint. It can be bought from agricultural suppliers and it is fantastic stuff.



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:14 PM

get them powder coated they will last forever


Edited by mk1leg, 11 July 2018 - 09:14 PM.





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