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Old 12-16-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
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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.

SO UGLY!!!


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!!!




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Old 12-16-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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Wow, that actually turned out great. Looks good.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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**** it is ugly
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:07 PM   #4
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Nice job!

Looks factory!

I'm never under my hood, so it doesn't bother me...
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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looks good, but what are you going to do about those strut towers? j/k
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:19 PM   #6
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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looks good, i might try that when i get a free minute.
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
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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......
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:52 PM   #10
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Great Job, I did this a couple of months ago and it made a nice difference under the hood
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:26 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:35 AM   #13
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looks really great!
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:08 AM   #15
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This is a great, simple, cheap diy! Thanks!
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That looks great!
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looks good. how does it hold up with the engine heat?
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:13 PM   #18
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Looks great

Off topic, but what intake is that?
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Makes me happy that I have the black top from the factory!
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:42 PM   #20
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that looks awesome, i just might have to do this too..
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