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ps: I am not going to render an opinion, but that is one ugly top of a fuel tank for sure.
Yup, it's amazing what exposure to salt brine will do. Before I even realized there was an issue, all the paint peeled right off one day (about 20 years ago). I decided then to wait until it started to leak before replacing it; it still hasn't, and doesn't appear to have gotten worse.
 

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Having lived around salt water in my youth, its amazing how much surface rust you can get and be fine. Some buildings now use bare steal, let it rust and you have a protective layer.

Only issue I ever had with a fuel tank was rust from the inside on a cycle. I think there was a seam in there, water in the bottom of the tank (I bought the cycle used).

In the end I got some aircraft fuel tank sealant, sealed it, removed the oxygen source and never another problem. A replacement tank would have cost a small fortune.
 
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