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Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:12:25 PM »
So, I finally did it. Over the weekend, I left the gas cap on the roof of my Pinto when I left the gas station. First time I've done it in the 8 years I've been driving the car.

The one I had was painted semi-gloss black, and it looked really sharp on the car, as the rest of the car is black & red.

I looked on ebay for an NOS one, but most of the ones on there are chrome with the black bar that screws on.

Does anybody know of a place to get a paint-able gas cap? Or am I going to have to try scuffing the chrome one and painting it?

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Re: Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 03:19:41 PM »
Look on other Ford models because the cap should be the same.
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Re: Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2017, 03:24:56 PM »
Found two at ford pinto gas caps. One black / one blue.
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Re: Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 09:28:41 AM »
I found mine on ebay last summer at Ford Pinto NOS.  Not cheap - approx. $60 + shipping.


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Re: Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2017, 06:56:38 AM »
On my old 77 I had a Stant gas cap and got it to be able to be painted. I can't recall what I did to it, but it's possible I cleaned it with laquer thinner, did a light sanding with a high grit sandpaper, primed, and painted. When the 77 went to the new owners the cap still held on to the paint so I must have done something right when prepping it.
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Re: Paint-able Gas Cap Help
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2017, 08:40:16 AM »
On my old 77 I had a Stant gas cap and got it to be able to be painted. I can't recall what I did to it, but it's possible I cleaned it with laquer thinner, did a light sanding with a high grit sandpaper, primed, and painted. When the 77 went to the new owners the cap still held on to the paint so I must have done something right when prepping it.

I actually considered going that route but with a color like orange, I figured if it didn't work and I ended up needing a stock gas cap later, matching the paint would be a problem.  I was already into the paint and bodywork to the tune of nearly $5000 so I figured another $60 wasn't going to make that much difference.

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