<VV> Re: Fuel tank cleaning

J R Read_HML hmlinc at sbcglobal.net
Mon Oct 3 00:06:02 EDT 2005

Hey Bill,

You DO need to clean it before you coat it.  Claypool has an old BBQ 
rotisserie motor set up and pours in either some sharp clean gravel and/or 
maybe a length of chain or two.  He lets it "cook" - turn over and over for 
several hours in order to knock loose anything that might want to stay 
inside.  Then finishes up cleaning by hand with whatever solvents he might 
use (don't know that).  After that, the sealer goes in, holes get plugged, 
and back to the rotisserie in order to spread the sealant.  Seems to work 

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Later, JR

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris & Bill Strickland" <lechevrier at earthlink.net>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2005 2:10 PM
Subject: <VV> Re: Fuel tank straw pole

>I am <not> a big fan of pourable coatings inside a gas tank -- ever tried 
>to remove it?
> I have a rig that had had the tank coated inside, professionally by the 
> way (professional idiots, I think), however the tank was not clean -- it 
> rusted under the coating, or they coated over a pretty heavy layer of rust 
> to start with, and, on top of that, they didn't remove the fuel sender and 
> the float was glued to the top of the tank. Three gallons of acetone, one 
> arm-sized hole in the tank, many hours of elbow grease, and some 
> therapeutic hand lotion, then we could get on with the business of 
> cleaning the tank, once the coating was gone ...
> If this is an already clean tank, I don't know why you don't install it 
> and use it, but if you want to hang it up, I'd just give it a good heavy 
> spray of WD-40, or pour in a gallon, slosh it around and pour out what's 
> left. Save the coatings for a porous fiberglass motorcycle tank - that is 
> what they were for, originally.
> If you really want a *nice* tank, take it to a radiator shop, have it 
> tanked, tested and repaired, then take it to the local tinner to have it 
> retinned (you know, the guy who redoes all the kitchen ware for the local 
> school district during the summer).
> Near Portland, OR, this is Mac's Radiator and Oregon Retinning.
> mo,
> Bill Strickland
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