Rusty gas tank


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LowellO
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Rusty gas tank

Postby LowellO » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:56 pm



Ok everyone I'm new to this Goldwing thing. I've had 3 Harley's and just got back into riding again. New wife is much more accepting. Anyway I just bought a 93 1500 and the tank is pretty rusty(its sat for about 4 years). Is there any way to clean it up pretty nicely and cheaply without buying a new tank. in about 30 mis I had it torn down. I did my own work on the Hogs so I'm not too shabby at this just this is a new on for me.



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Re: Rusty gas tank

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:52 pm

Welcome You should be able to clean it out with seafoam,vinegar,or try electrolytes you should be able to find them here on the how to. Hal
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Re: Rusty gas tank

Postby LowellO » Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:56 pm

As a matter of fact Hal I did find some very interesting things. Thank you so much for replying, guess I should've looked it up on here before posting.I'll have a busy day tomorrow. Hope to have this bike up in the next few days or week at least and get some pics posted.

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Re: Rusty gas tank

Postby HALBUDD » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:55 pm

Good Luck and yes we all love lots of pics. Hal
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Re: Rusty gas tank

Postby psu1 » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:22 am

Hal,

I was too lazy to remove the tank so I did a full clean-in-place with an 88 which sat for 23 years with the original gas STILL in the tank. I used 4 oz. of naval jelly and water. The rust layer eventually sloughed off. Although your process will be different, I would recommend naval jelly for the tough spots. Then neutralize with baking soda. Finally sprayed with WD40 to inhibit new rusting. Also, good luck!

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Re: Rusty gas tank

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:17 am

Electrolysis is probably the best way to do it. You'll find several people here who have done this: De-Rusting tank with electrolysis




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