gas tank cleaning

Discussion in 'Outboard Maintenance' started by fishhawk, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. fishhawk

    fishhawk I Love microskiff.com!

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    Here's the deal, I got a 12gal. Meoller marine product gas tank,thats hasn't had gas in it for about a year or more. I was able to pull the tank out the boat. What would be the best method for cleaning the tank and getting the brown stuff off the bottom
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Rubbing alcohol is a great solvent
    with far less toxicity than most other chemicals.

    Once the tank is empty,
    pour a full pint of isopropyl into it.
    Allow it to dissolve the sediments and varnish.
    When complete, pour out into an open container (not the ground)
    and allow the alcohol to evaporate.
     

  3. fishhawk

    fishhawk I Love microskiff.com!

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    THanks Brett, it's soaking right now
     
  4. fishhawk

    fishhawk I Love microskiff.com!

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    First let me say thanks for the help. I used a quart of the isopropyl alcohol with good results. Another forum member over the phone suggested to try denatured alcohol I believe the denatured alcohol broke down the hardened varnish better. I have also put a inline gas filter in the gas line for added protection.
     
  5. noeettica

    noeettica Well-Known Member

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    I use "Diesel" Simalar to everclear for all kinds of cleaning and you can wipe down a knife blade and be safe to cut up your food with it ... Good stuff to have on hand :)

    And You can Take a "snort" PRN ... :D

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Yoreese

    Yoreese I Love microskiff.com!

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    And start camp fires! ;D
     
  7. anytide

    anytide Administrator Staff Member

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    "DIESEL" is part A. magarita mix part B... :p
    -'tide