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post #1 of 94 Old 03-28-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Cleaning

There are many ways to clean rust from a tank. Here's one I used that is simple, quick, and inexpensive:

• Remove the cap and petcock from the tank.
• Remove as much gas as you can. Use a rag to absorb what doesn’t drain out.
• Allow the tank to air out. If you have a vacuum cleaner that can be used to blow rather than vacuum or a leaf blower, that will speed up the process. SAFETY NOTE: Do not suck gas fumes into a vacuum cleaner! An explosion could result!
• Shake any loose rust out.
• If the tank has heavy rust, put a hand full of nuts or drywall screws in an old sock, place inside the tank, and shake it up and down and side to side for 5 mins. Remove the sock. If any of the nuts/screws escape from the sock, they can be removed with a magnet.
• Plug the cap and petcock hole with good quality duct tape or rubber plugs.
• Squirt an entire bottle of The Works toilet bowl cleaner inside the tank (available at Wal Mart for about $1.25) and slosh the liquid all around in the tank. Be sure not to get it on the paint! Let it sit for three minutes and repeat 3-5X. All the rust should be gone by now.
• If you have another tank to treat or want to use it to clean your toilet, simply pour The Works into a bucket and filter it through a coffee filter or rag and return it to the original container. If not, pour it into the toilet for disposal (the liquid, not the rust flakes).
• Rinse the tank with water 4X.
• Immediately spray WD-40 inside the tank to prevent flash rust and blow out the tank with compressed air (leaf blower) until dry. If you are in a humid area and flash rust is a problem, adding some Naval Jelly or Ospho to the tank instead of WD-40 and swishing it around will kill the rust. Drain the Naval Jelly or Ospho, spray with WD-40 and dry the tank.
• Replace the petcock and cap, mount tank to bike and fill with gas.
• Topping off the tank after every ride will minimize condensation in the tank and reduce the possibility of the tank rusting again. Adding a few ounces of Sea Foam to every third tank of gas will also remove moisture from the fuel and help keep the carb or injectors clean for maximum efficiency.
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post #2 of 94 Old 04-12-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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nice break down on this cleaning procedure bud... im gonna copy and paste this to my Rebel files

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Wow sweet! Thanks for the info

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Yes written up great. TY, copy paste grins

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I like the budget part of this write up.

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I like the budget part of this write up.
Another frugal Rebel rider!
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post #7 of 94 Old 04-13-2011, 12:43 PM
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Yeah, +1 on using "The Works" cleaner! Last year I stumbled on that product at The Dollar Tree store and couldn't believe how well it worked to disolve rust from a tank.
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good write up...i went very old school on cleaning mine, filled it about 1/2 full of distilled water, and used fish aquarium gravel in it, shake shake shake, drain, refilled shake shak shake, drain and re-filled repeated several times, then dried it and used THE WORKS, once it was all cleaned out and dried it looked almost new

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Thanks Flite. I pulled the tank off my project scooter today and to my surprise its metal. On a 150cc scooter. The bottom of the tank is rusty and I can't spare $50.00 for a treatment kit. You saved my day. Thanks again.

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Keep it full of fuel, add a little Sea Foam periodically, and it will stay shiny and bright indefinitely!

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