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Old 11-11-2012, 01:03 PM #1
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Is my tank still good? [PICS]

My mom was putting my paintball stuff on the shelf in my garage, and my 68/45 carbon fiber tank rolled out. It dented the bonnet (I need a new one) and also cracked it. (So much for a $30 Rhino cover)Theyre little cracks all over

The guy at my pro shop said "it's useable. There is a coat on the outside of it, and it's ok if that's cracked"

But he didn't really look at it. I got a new ninja tank, and he got all the air out of I for me.

Pics (hydro isn't for 5 years of that helps)




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Old 11-11-2012, 03:45 PM #2
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pics are a little out of focus, but it looks like its just the clear coat that cracked. As long as the carbon fiber itself is undamaged (not splitting or fraying) you should be fine. As i recall the tank is a metal cylinder, wrapped in carbon fiber, then clear coated.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:39 PM #3
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I would get that visually inspected at a hydro facility only because of the size of the cracks. The gel coat is what holds the fibers to the cylinder and if the matrix is compromised the tank is unusable. If you can run your nails over the cracks and they catch on the cracks I would definitely contact Crossfire or Ninja. They both do hydro testing and they can both apply some new gel coating to the affected areas if they need it.
Covers are great for light impacts or scratches but obviously not for hard impacts or impacts from several feet onto a hard surface.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:29 PM #4
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I would get that visually inspected at a hydro facility only because of the size of the cracks. The gel coat is what holds the fibers to the cylinder and if the matrix is compromised the tank is unusable. If you can run your nails over the cracks and they catch on the cracks I would definitely contact Crossfire or Ninja. They both do hydro testing and they can both apply some new gel coating to the affected areas if they need it.
Covers are great for light impacts or scratches but obviously not for hard impacts or impacts from several feet onto a hard surface.
Ok thank you! I wanted to be safe than sorry, so I got a ninja. The guy said it was the coat, but just assumed. I'll probably get it re-gelled and use it as a back-up. Thanks!
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