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#1 EricFromPa OFFLINE  

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 11:04 AM

Is there some sort of product that will clean 10 years of crusty smelly old gasoline build up out of a gas tank?

The bottom has enough brown sludge stuck fast inside that it made me start looking for a replacement tank.Tanks are getting a bit hard to find in decent shape.

Will cooking the tank hurt it?I have an old grill that I could bake it in.

I thought about splitting it in half where the seem is and cleaning it but it would be a pain to get it sealed back up the whole way around and not look like it was taken apart.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 11:31 AM

If the stuff is gooey, acetone works about the best. If it is dry enough that it will bust up, nuts or a small piece of chain in the tank might work. Strap it to your tractor tire and go for a ride with it to make it work loose.
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Posted April 12, 2011 - 11:49 AM

Put about 2 cups of pea gravel in it & run it in a paint shaker or concrete mixer for awhile. After U
finish that clean with acetone. Make sure it is strapped down good if U put it in the concrete mixer.
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Posted April 12, 2011 - 11:50 AM

I've used diesel(a cup at a time) and about 15 or so 3/8 nuts.
Shake it like a martini.
Repeat many times.
Did a pretty good job.
But get some extra filters anyways.
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Posted April 12, 2011 - 12:25 PM

Hmmm OK Pea Gravel and strap it to the wheel.Then Diesel fuel and a bit more gravel for the really stuck on stuff.
There's alot of slate gravel on the side of the road so I'll wash a bit of it up and give it a go.

I thought about a paint mixer/shaker but I doubt our local Sherwin Williams paint store would let me do it.

So I get to ride around the neighborhood AND do something productive at the same time.That's awesome. :D

I don't like paper filters but I might have to find a good one for it.
Most of the cheap ones just fall apart with this Ethanol fuel we have around here.
And the screen type filters don't catch the fine stuff that clogs up jets.

Edited by EricFromPa, April 12, 2011 - 12:31 PM.


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Posted April 12, 2011 - 01:09 PM

The only problem with gravel can be getting it back out. Nuts do the same thing and the magnet will snag them.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 04:42 PM

The only problem with gravel can be getting it back out. Nuts do the same thing and the magnet will snag them.


You have that right! Some tanks, especially motorcycles & ATV's have necks that drop into the tank a bit.....and a nightmare to shake gravel out of those kind!

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 05:29 PM

Nuts or old balls out of bearings work good for the media, with the diesel. I love the strapping it to the wheel idea!

good luck

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 05:35 PM

I have 2 Kohler tanks that had a few pin holes on the bottom......Guy at our store got me some coating for the inside....He recommended that I clean the rust and scale with muriatic acid.....I did that, soaked them overnight......Cleaned it up good, but many more pinholes........The sealant worked good though, sealed them all up.

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 05:38 PM

I have 2 Kohler tanks that had a few pin holes on the bottom......Guy at our store got me some coating for the inside....He recommended that I clean the rust and scale with muriatic acid.....I did that, soaked them overnight......Cleaned it up good, but many more pinholes........The sealant worked good though, sealed them all up.



Was that Kreem tank liner?

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Posted April 12, 2011 - 05:42 PM

was that kreem tank liner?


yep! Oh, not sure bout Poncho's, but I've used Kreem many many times with never a failure even after years. It's sealed 1/16" holes for me. Just tape over the holes on the outside, then remove tape after curing.
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Posted April 12, 2011 - 06:25 PM

The stuff I used is called Barbee Tank-coat.... Barbee Paint & Coatings Company - Solvent-Based Coatings Worked good
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Posted April 13, 2011 - 07:10 AM

Try this method.

Cub Cadet FAQ
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Posted April 13, 2011 - 12:35 PM

I have a Pint of Pure undiluted Hydrochloric Acid,it's thick like warm syrup.Don't ask where it came from though.Would Hydrochloric Acid work?I know it's a good bit stronger than Muriatic Acid so a pint in the tank and filling the rest with water should work.But I'm not sure if Hydrochloric Acid will mix with water.

It's some really really nasty stuff to work with.

Edited by EricFromPa, April 13, 2011 - 12:58 PM.


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Posted April 13, 2011 - 01:10 PM

Oh ok it's the same thing but in a concentrated form.
Hydrochloric acid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have to get some gloves.

That tank coating would be great after I get the scale out of the tank.




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