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Offline 13ill

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tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« on: July 31, 2009, 12:55:53 pm »
posted this in another thread but i felt it was important enough not to get buried on page three.

have a tank off my bmw r100gs that was full of old gas and rust. p.o. said the bike had sat with fuel in it for over three years. i've never seen a tank this nasty on the inside. tried acetone, didn't really get a lot out. then i read that white vinegar works.
yea, right. what the hell its cheap, lets see what happens. left two gallons of white vinegar in there for three days, looked inside the tank and it looked like the rust had gotten worse. i took it up to the power car wash blasted it out and.... holy toledo the vinegar worked awesome. i have five gallons in the tank now as a secound treatment to get all the rust that had built up on the sides too.
heres a crappy picture but look at the filler neck compared to the inside of the tank. the inside of the tank was about ten times worse....

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Re: tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009, 01:06:10 pm »
Interesting, and when you are done you can make a lovely vinagaretter with it  ;)

It does beat using some of the caustic cleaners out there.

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Re: tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2011, 03:30:17 pm »
I've done this a couple of times. The vinegar is effective and easy. Just be sure to move quickly to prevent flash rusting upon rinsing...it happens right before your eyes!

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Re: tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2011, 10:17:15 pm »
Mildly acidic - acetic acid.
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Re: tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2011, 10:38:18 pm »
Yes, any acid will work to remove rust.  It will also dissolve steel too, at a rate commensurate with its acidic strength.  (see a pH scale)  Molasses will "work", too. (Sulfuric acid).
Most of these suffer from flash rust (once the bare steel is exposed) formed by the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or air moisture.

From Wiki....
"Rust removal

Phosphoric acid may be used as a "rust converter", by direct application to rusted iron, steel tools, or surfaces. The phosphoric acid converts reddish-brown iron(III) oxide (rust) to black ferric phosphate, FePO4.

After treatment, the black ferric-phosphate coating can be scrubbed off, leaving a fresh metal surface. Multiple applications of phosphoric acid may be required to remove all rust. The black phosphate coating can also be left in place, where it will provide moderate further corrosion resistance. (Such protection is also provided by the superficially similar Parkerizing and blued electrochemical conversion coating processes.)"

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Re: tank cleaned with white vinegar, yes you read it right..
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 07:21:39 pm »
After much research, thought and deliberation, I too have decided to soak my 75' CB550 tank in Vinegar for a few days.  Wal-Fart sells 2qt bottles of "Cleaning Vinegar" in the household cleaner isle for $1.65 per two quart bottle.  At circa $8.00 all said and done, this is a great way to get'er done provided you have the time to do it properly.  The bottle did not say what the acidity content was though.  I'll post back in two days.

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