Paint protection when filling up ..?

jp928

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#1
Is there a common practice in this area? Anybody make anything to help? The 928 filler is in a flap covered pocket in the rear right guard, and there is a clip retained flap that folds out to limit fuel spillage on the paint.
The Mrs gave me an old tea-towel the other day because it had a hole in it, and was starting to fray. I was going to put some petrol back in the empty tank to test my work on the reserve tap....and I saw the tea-towel, so ...

Might keep it in the boot now.
 
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cobraboy

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#2
I cover the entire rear of my cars when fuelling from a can, one drop can cause damage. Before I had the Cobra re sprayed the paint was cellulose, if a drop of fuel landed on it the damage was done before I could put the can down to wipe it off.
After a lifetime of cleaning parts with fuel and a brush I don't dare get any fuel on me anymore.
 

quattro

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#4
Not something I have ever considered tbh. I have had the odd spill now and again, but it's never done any damage.
 

mrtask

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#5
I try and splash any petrol that is left in the gas pump nozzle onto the forecourt before I invert it and fill up. Every now and then I forget, and as I upend the nozzle towards the filler neck some petrol splashes on the car, before I've actually touched the trigger. Also if you don't get the nozzle in exactly the right position, it sometimes 'burps' back some petrol and stops delivering. Can't say I've really noticed the overspill do anything to the paintwork though. Just stinks a fair bit for the next mile or so!
Oh and JP, I'm not sure keeping a gasoline soaked rag in the boot is a good idea!
 

4cwb

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#6
I cover the entire rear of my cars when fuelling from a can, one drop can cause damage. Before I had the Cobra re sprayed the paint was cellulose, if a drop of fuel landed on it the damage was done before I could put the can down to wipe it off.
After a lifetime of cleaning parts with fuel and a brush I don't dare get any fuel on me anymore.
My p6 v8 1973 original cellulose , petrol as never done any harm to the paint.
 

SydneyRoverP6B

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#8
Likewise, with my Rover's original 1974 acrylic lacquer, petrol splashes have never left a mark. I do recall seeing marked paint from petrol on cars years ago, but they were not Rovers.

Ron.
 
#9
1971 3500S with original paint. I have the usual P6 problem with it not taking full flow from pump. Petrol has splashed round the filler many time with no damage to the paint.
When I have finished filling, I always lift up the hose to get the last of the fuel out of the hose and into the tank instead of on the car.
 

quattro

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#10
When I have finished filling, I always lift up the hose to get the last of the fuel out of the hose and into the tank instead of on the car.
hmmm.. well you only actually get the fuel out of the nozzle, and not the hose as that remains full. The valve is inside the gun, not the petrol pump.

I do like to watch people do the little, "get the hose empty dance,' though.
 

Gargo

Active Member
#11
I do like to watch people do the little, "get the hose empty dance,' though.
Done that many time, when I were young:
My mate worked at a petrol station, where he would lockup for the night. After switching the power to the pumps off, we'd go round and drain the hoses for a few litres of petrol, into our motorbikes. Over a few days we'd have enough the weekend.

Lesson: Never be first in the queue waiting for a petrol station to open in the morning. ;)
 
#15
I hate spillage but as my rover rarely accepts any high flow filling without cutting pump /hose out and often splashes a wee bit I just wipe it off ASAP.so far... no damage but I cannot say what paint is used as it was repainted by a previous owner :(. love the motorbike 'cuff' item though with shipping might be a wee bit pricey ?
 
#16
I have been told that "all P6's" have problems with accepting full flow from modern pumps, due to convoluted tank vent pipe. Mine has always been like this and I have learned to liv with it. Since I have never seen any 'cure' suggested on the 'Forums', I assume tha others have also..
As for draining the hose after cut off, it may only be a spoonful of petrol, but I would rather have it in my tank than over the body-work
 

harveyp6

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#17
I have been told that "all P6's" have problems with accepting full flow from modern pumps, due to convoluted tank vent pipe. Mine has always been like this and I have learned to liv with it. Since I have never seen any 'cure' suggested on the 'Forums', I assume tha others have also..
The cure is on here......
 
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