Tank Rust Questions


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GL_Steve
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Tank Rust Questions

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Hey all,

Other than a two or 3 nickel to quarter sized rust spots, the inside looks immaculate. Do I need to worry about it? I've seen posts that say "ANY" rust needs to be dealt with.

I work in a plating shop so I have access to a vat of muriatic acid we use to strip rust from bumpers, which will make quick work of any rust removal, I just don't really want to remove the tank for 3 little spots of rust if I don't really have to. I was thinking I could place some absorbent cloths in the tank and use another cloth on a stick, lightly dampened with acid and just clean the areas with that if need be. There are a few small particles in the ounce or 2 of fuel in the bottom of the tank that I would just soak up with the towels and would get rid of that at the same time.

Thanks in advance.


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dingdong
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Re: Tank Rust Questions

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If you can reach the spots with a swab, that's all you need to worry about. Good luck!
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Re: Tank Rust Questions

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GL_Steve wrote:Hey all,

Other than a two or 3 nickel to quarter sized rust spots, the inside looks immaculate. Do I need to worry about it? I've seen posts that say "ANY" rust needs to be dealt with.

I work in a plating shop so I have access to a vat of muriatic acid we use to strip rust from bumpers, which will make quick work of any rust removal, I just don't really want to remove the tank for 3 little spots of rust if I don't really have to. I was thinking I could place some absorbent cloths in the tank and use another cloth on a stick, lightly dampened with acid and just clean the areas with that if need be. There are a few small particles in the ounce or 2 of fuel in the bottom of the tank that I would just soak up with the towels and would get rid of that at the same time.

Thanks in advance.
Rust never disappears on it's own.

If you can reach them, treat them.
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Fred Camper
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Re: Tank Rust Questions

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Agree with the above. If the rust was under gasoline then it would be okay, but they did form so they were above the level in tank at that time. So do great them as best you can. A top coat is too risky.


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