Asked on Dec 16, 2013

How to paint my propane tank

Deborah B
by Deborah B
I just got an older propane tank and had it installed in my back yard. Somebody painted it a awful shade of brown. The gas company says to paint it battle ship gray but I want the paint job to last a long time.So I want to do it right. Anybody have any tips? or personal experience with this?
  10 answers
  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Dec 17, 2013
    Well, I'm sure this watermelon propane tank isn't exactly what you had in mind, but there's some good info about paint type in the comments:
  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Dec 17, 2013
    You can use Rustoleum outdoor spray paint and your paint job will be okay. You need to make sure that the tank is really clean and dry first.
  • White Oak Studio Designs White Oak Studio Designs on Dec 18, 2013
    I've painted mine too doing exactly what Debbi said. Scrape off the old paint, prime and paint. I'd use Rustoleum outdoor spray paint. Unfortunately mine starts to chip off after about a year or two, but so is everyone else's too!! Just the way it is. I'd choose a tan/green or gray/green paint so that it blends into the landscape but that is just me. So I planted evergreen, ornamental grasses around mine to hide the tanks ugliness. Camoflague!
  • Patty Patty on Dec 18, 2013
    Take a stiff wire brush to it to get off any lose paint. Then wipe it down real good and let it dry. Then spray paint with Rustoleum. When I had a propane tank I painted mine and then I wasn't satisfied with it so I painted shrubs and flowers on it, and planted around it. it was so pretty and blended with the landscaping. When I was done I sprayed a sealer on it.
  • Eli Eli on Dec 18, 2013
    Rustoleum also makes a heat resistant outdoor spray paint, that is made for painting grills...might be a good idea to use if the tank will be in the sun, or just due to the proximity of the heat from the grill. Not sure if it comes in the wonderful color of battleship gray, though! :-)
  • Jayme Fischer Jayme Fischer on Dec 18, 2013
    I scraped mine with a brick, then my husband took his power washer and cleaned the tank off. We waited for the tank to dry and painted the tank with my exterior house paint to match my house. My tank is probably 30 years old and had been painted many times before me but the previous times it was painted, no one bothered to scrape the tank. My tank looks really really nice and you would think it is a brand new tank.
  • Deborah Deborah on Dec 18, 2013
    You really should talk to the propane store. Propane is very explosive and dark colors absorb heat. Better safe than sorry.
  • Barbara Bear Barbara Bear on Aug 31, 2015
    lp tank has gas in it. paint does not stick
  • Karen Lane Slocum Karen Lane Slocum on Apr 23, 2016
    Our tank was sitting just outside our backdoor. It was the first thing you saw coming up the carport steps UGLY!! We have since had the gas company relocate it. Now what I did prior to the move, was put a brick border around the whole tank to make a flower bed( PS leave a stepping stone for the gas man). I planted colorful perennials. Then using enamel paints I proceeded to paint beautiful coloring book style flowers, leaves and vines. The gas man said it made him smile every time we had a fill up. Wish I had a picture to share.
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    • Karen Lane Slocum Karen Lane Slocum on Jul 08, 2017

      Connie, I used these scalloped edging: . to go around the large tank and then planted flowers (tall and short) to hide the underneath. I also used two 2ft x 2ft stepping stones so the gas man had a place to step without walking on the flowers. To paint the faux flowers on the tank itself use any enamel paint ( green, yellow, white, blue, and red and you can mix to get many colors). Clean the tank good with dish soap let it dry and then paint as many or as few flowers as you like. If you think of or find a picture of an "English Garden" that is what my tank looked like. Don't get bogged down with trying to be perfect, the flowers and grasses should be whimsical. Sorry I do not have any pictures of our tank. Oh and the gas company does not care if you paint it but do not use a dark over all color as it will cause the tank to get too hot. Have fun!!

  • George Piccot George Piccot on Apr 10, 2017

    I would use an aluminum tank paint as opposed to battleship gray. Here is a link to a manual on how to pant a propane tank and what to use.