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Do you need to keep old vis stickers on a tank.

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by nes999, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. nes999

    nes999 Guest

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: IL
    I want to repaint a old steel tank. Is their anything wrong with removing the old vis. stickers?
  2. JahJahwarrior

    JahJahwarrior ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: West Palm Beach, Fl
  3. nes999

    nes999 Guest

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: IL
    really? all my tanks have a handfull of vis. stickers on them.
  4. dgreenh

    dgreenh Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: San Angelo, TX
    All stickers are supposed to be removed for a visual inspection. They could possibly be hiding a defect. Of course, paint can hide a defect as well.
    AfterDark likes this.
  5. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    I have some vintage cylinders that have not been recommissioned yet. They tend to have an array of stickers. Some read like a history of local dive shops. Maybe in the day it was the cool thing to do, like luggage tags on steamer trunks.

    All of my currently active cylinders sport only the current sticker. When I have the time I remove the prior sticker myself prior to VIP since I have not always been pleased with shop removal methods.

    So by all means remove all stickers when refinishing. Be sure you understand what you are removing. You may be better off with an ugly touch-up job.

  6. couv

    couv Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    Use very hot water on the sticker so you can remove it in one piece. Then, cover any large rust spots with it so it will pass the next VIP. :joke:

    Yes, we used to think a tank covered in different shops stickers was cool as in the above.
  7. g1138

    g1138 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Charleston, SC
    How are you supposed to inspect a cylinder inside and out if it's covered with a sticker?
    Inspectors who don't remove the sticker are just plain lazy at doing a thorough job.

    Feel free to remove the sticker, the only one you should have on the tank is the most current one.
  8. Gilldiver

    Gilldiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northeast US
    Like the big NITROX Tank Wraps some shops require?
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  9. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I have stickers on some of my 72's going back to the late 70's. I like it, gives the tank a personality. I did have to repaint one of them so yes I had to scrap all the stickers off. :(
    couv likes this.
  10. Rogersea

    Rogersea Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Tongo Poiint Basdiot Moalboal Philippines
    OP the answer is no you do need need to leave the old stickers on, but in the states you need the current sticker if the hydro is over one year old..


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