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Old 09-18-2018, 12:19 PM
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I guess the same argument can be made for the tips. On my first 7 I used Tinnerman washers to secure the tips. They look pretty good. You could also paint them and the tops of the screw if you want that look.

Personally I don't think the unpainted screws in the tank look that bad. If you wait a couple of weeks you can them tight enough without damaging the paint. Brush a little Chapstik on the bevel of the screw so it won't grab the paint.

Both methods work. Just remember that Murphy will occupy the second seat shortly after you paint tank with the screws in!!!!
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:19 PM
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I use the same sort of finishing washers on fiberglass and run them thru #6 or #8 dimple dies. Think I got them from McMaster.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by sglynn View Post
I painted with tanks on, but I did remove all the #8 screws and plugged the holes with little silicon plugs made for painting. Then after the paint had set for a couple weeks I put the screws back in. So the screws show like I had painted with the tank off and if I ever want to take it off the screws are not painted over. You can see it here.
Got a link or any more info on the silicon plugs?
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