How to Paint a Propane Tank

Propane is a gas commonly used to heat homes and is stored in tanks on the owners property. The tank used to hold propane can be an eye sore. Many home owners with propane tanks can choose to paint their tanks to make them blend with the home and landscape.

Paint your propane tank to make it blend in with the surroundings.

Proper care should be used when painting a propane tank to ensure it is done correctly and conform to all state, local and propane supplier guidelines.

  1. Check the Safety Codes in Your State. Some states have strict requirements about the colors that can be used to paint a propane tank. If you fail to meet the color requirements you may be unable to fill your propane tank in the future. Check your state laws to see how you are allowed to paint your tank before proceeding.

  2. Choosing the Colors. When painting a propane tank it is critical to use heat reflective, or light colors. Dark colors absorb heat and home owners are warned not to use heat absorbing colors on their propane tanks. Light gray, off-white and silver are the best colors to use for a propane tank. But this does not mean you can not use the colors in a creative and artistic way.

  3. Preparing the Tank. Before painting the propane tank, all rust should be removed by using a wire brush. Rust compromises the surface of the tank and if a tank become rusty, the dark colored rust also absorbs heat. Painting the tank will inhibit the future development of rust and safe guard the tank.

  4. Prime the Tank. Use a white or off-white primer made specifically for painting propane tanks. These are readily available at hardware stores. Brush, spray or roller it on with a roller and paint tray.

  5. Painting the Tank. You can gently tint the off white propane paint to make very light pastel greens, blues, yellows and beiges if it is allowed in your state. You can use stencils to create letters or predefined shapes. You can also use sponges to apply the paint. Murals can also be painted by transferring an image using carbon paper to the propane tank before painting. Sprayers and rollers work well to cover larger areas fast, while brushes will allow you to paint designs and color variations easier.