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 Post subject: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:09 pm 
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Does anyone know if cellulose thinner is aggressive enough to clean the sludge out of the tank, I was thinking of leaving a litre in there and shake it every day for a few days then drain off. If not anyone know a safe chemical to use


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:40 pm 
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I use it to clean everything..cheap as chips as well.
I would think it would clean the sludge out no problem. Get some small grit or pebbles in there and keep shaking and keep changing the celly thinners.
Be careful with any plastics on floats etc as it will destroy them.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:03 am 
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How do you dispose of the dirty thinners?


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:13 am 
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It should probably go as waste oil


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:08 am 
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I have in the past put it in my waste oil and then to the tip in the correct container, thinners evaporates very quickly anyway so not usually much to dispose of.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:19 am 
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mikal wrote:
How do you dispose of the dirty thinners?

Match :D


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:24 am 
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The best thing I’ve used for tank cleaning is vinegar. It is a mild acid and removes rust and is just aggressive enough to penetrate sediment, but it does take a bit of time and a few applications. It is also probably safe enough to put down a drain.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:10 am 
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I have been using citric acid to good effect to clean some bits of late.
one of my tanks went in the drum today, will report back in a couple of days.
the hardest part was getting the little filter of the pipe, not having 3 hands I put a glow stick in the tank for light.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:24 pm 
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Glow stick....., what a great idea!


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning tank
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:54 pm 
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There are different deposits to remove when cleaning a fuel tank. Start with a strong caustic cleaner (oven cleaner, lye (sodium hydroxide), or very strong degreaser). That will remove the gum, varnish, and fuel deposits.

Once the fuel related deposits are removed you can switch to chemicals like paint strippers if necessary.

With all the fuel deposits removed you can use any of the acids mentioned above to remove rust from inside the tank. However, be careful with the strength and time of acid exposure. You may just find that your tank's fuel deposits and rust have been plugging pinholes. With those "plugs" removed, you may find that the bottom of the tank is perforated and leaks.

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