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TKC 12-16-2008 02:34 PM

DIY: Ugly washer fluid tank painted black.
Well, this isn't really a DIY, and I don't know if anyone cares enough about how it looks, but it really bugged me.

My windshield washer fluid tank was this ugly yellow faded color and just a big eye sore in the engine bay, so I wanted to do something about it.


Took it out:

Cleaned and sanded down the whole thing, then taped up the holes:

There was some slimy sludge at the holes, near the pumps, and on the filter screen, so cleaned and rinsed those off really well:

Primered and sprayed several coats of Flat Black:


On the side that is most exposed when in the car, I put a thin strip of tape, so that when it was painted and I peeled it off, it would leave an exposed line so I can see what the fluid level is at:

Before and after!!!


Thanks for looking!


DiscoStu 12-16-2008 02:38 PM

Wow, that actually turned out great. Looks good.

ProchaineStation 12-16-2008 02:39 PM

**** it is ugly :P

Imola.ZHP 12-16-2008 03:07 PM

Nice job!

Looks factory!

I'm never under my hood, so it doesn't bother me...

SeanC 12-16-2008 03:14 PM

looks good, but what are you going to do about those strut towers? :eeps: j/k

djnekkon 12-16-2008 03:19 PM

100% better

eltrain111 12-16-2008 03:27 PM

looks good, i might try that when i get a free minute.

The Jerk 12-16-2008 03:34 PM

Where is your coolant tank?

SaaDiesel 12-16-2008 03:52 PM

Great Job, I did this a couple of months ago and it made a nice difference under the hood

TKC 12-16-2008 04:00 PM

Thanks everyone :D


Originally Posted by The Jerk (Post 9077953)
Where is your coolant tank?

You mean the cap to fill my coolant? It's on the right side, next to my air filter cabin......

paraklas 12-16-2008 04:26 PM

Mine is black on top from factory

JSanders 12-17-2008 01:16 AM

Very nice! I'll probably give this a go next time I'm at my shop.

Did you use high heat paint? It might have been a good idea to if you didn't. :hi:

Philbert 12-17-2008 01:35 AM

looks really great!

2legit2quit 12-17-2008 04:52 AM

im going to do this!

CWABimmer 12-17-2008 05:08 AM

This is a great, simple, cheap diy! Thanks!

Rayce185 12-17-2008 05:17 AM

That looks great! :D

sillieidiot 12-17-2008 05:26 AM

looks good. how does it hold up with the engine heat?

OnTheGreen 12-17-2008 01:13 PM

Looks great

Off topic, but what intake is that?

frobie15 12-17-2008 01:20 PM

Makes me happy that I have the black top from the factory!

ventura_328Ci 12-17-2008 01:42 PM

that looks awesome, i just might have to do this too.. :thumbsup:

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