rusty gas tank

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by I MOW ALONE, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    does anybody know what is the best way to clean rust out of the inside of a gas tank. any special chemical's. thank's in advance
     
  2. lucforce

    lucforce LawnSite Member
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    size? application? amount of rust? removed from application or no?
     
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it's a smaller fuel tank I drop a hand full of 1/4" nuts in it add some mineral spirits and shake it briskly on all sides and the nuts break the rust loose. Depending on how bad and the expense of a new tank I will coat it with this;
    http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/...267/N-111+10201+600001267/c-10101/TID-2017906 I Kreamed a 3 wheeler fuel tank that had pin holes in the bottom and this stuff lasted for the 11 yrs. I owned it until I sold it.
     
  4. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    this is a motorcycle tank about 4 gallons in size. it only has minor surface rust. when you say nut's you mean metal nut's right. thank's
     
  5. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
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    just stick your nuts in the tank and shake it real good. if their hard enough they will scrape off all the rust.
     
  6. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  7. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus LawnSite Member
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    i have some nuts downstairs that would be able to take care of the job if yours arent good enough.

    haha just kidding
     
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :drinkup:
     
  9. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Restro has a good idea and I have done the same but now rely on an appropriate length of small chain and you won't have to pick up or LOSE your nuts.

    Dutch
     
  10. I MOW ALONE

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    maybe i will try the chain thing cause i need my nut's for more important thing's.:D
     

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