Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

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Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby Gman » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:41 pm

In the other,"Sticky" you can see how to use Ball Bearings to remove rust and flakes inside a Fuel Tank.Once you have done this you can slow down the inside of the Tank from corroding/rusting by Swilling it out with Coke-a-Cola.

Coke-a-Cola contains Phenolic acid that will pre-oxidize the ferrous metal inside the tank thus slowing down rusting :)
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby LRCXed » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:12 am

See, I'm learning already! I need to do more cleaning in my son's cx500 custom that I'm going to start getting ready to paint! Starting the stripping of the old paint tonight!
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby LRCXed » Thu Nov 27, 2008 8:57 pm

Shep,
How long do I need to leave the Coke in the tank, and what would be safe to rinse it out with? Would water rinse make it rust up or not!
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby Gman » Thu Nov 27, 2008 9:06 pm

Depending on the temp around 15 mins.Heat tank with hair-dryer to speed up.Once dry just swill a bit of petrol/gas around and then dump :)
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby LRCXed » Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:23 am

Thanks Shep, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Hope you had a good day!
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby bri-guy-ga » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:53 pm

I just cleaned my tank with the POR15 system. Worked great. Removed all the rust and then the liner sealed the metal. I shouldn't have rust issues again. The process took a week, but well worth it to know one problem won't be back. It also sealed those little holes that showed up after my first attempt at cleaning the tank. $40 well spent in my opinion.
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby Gman » Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:17 pm

Por15 is supposed to be the best stuff but if you are on a budget every little helps :)
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby LRCXed » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:19 am

I did a small tractor gas tank for a guy, and he bought the POR15 for it. Since I have most of the quart left, I'm going to use it in my sons tank this time when the rust is all dissolved out. I just wonder if I should not use the coke in it now!
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby Gman » Tue Dec 02, 2008 1:32 pm

If you have the proper stuff use it but even then there's nothing to stop you using coke 1st as it turns in the rust into Fe2O3,"Black rust" which means it's been converted to a form of oxide that does not continue to rust in the normal way.Same as some commercial products.
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Re: Fuel Tank Servicing(Cleaning rust and treating)

Postby Blue Fox » Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:32 pm

Larry, I have used the POR 15 too. Great stuff. You may not be able to use the rest of the quart tho. I think it hardens by exposure to moisture. Once you open the can, you only get one shot. I would be interested in knowing if this is correct, if you try it, post the results.
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