Cleaning a gas tank with 99% isopropyl alcohol

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#1 Unread post by gerpena » Tue Nov 29, 2005 7:56 pm

Cleaning a gas tank with 99% isopropyl alcohol...

Is it true that a good way to rinse out any small debris from a newly sealed and painted gas tank is to throw in a cup of 99% isopropyl alcohol and rinse it out?

then allow the alohol to evaporate before filling the tank with gas to use it again?
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#2 Unread post by mattf » Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:43 pm

Why couldn't you use gas to clean it out?

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#3 Unread post by gerpena » Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:05 pm

mattf wrote:Why couldn't you use gas to clean it out?
im doing it inside my apartment (no other place i can do it) so gas scares the crap out of me.
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#4 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:40 pm

isopropanol is more flamable than petrol, but petrol burns with more energy

both are bad indoors in that quantity BE CAREFUL and keep all the windows open, so the air inside keeps moving
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#5 Unread post by Pongo » Thu Dec 01, 2005 1:57 pm

One thing concerning cleaning out gas tanks. Don't be tempted to use a vacuum cleaner with a metal nozzle to clean any small loose crud that might be in there. They can spark between nozzle and tank.

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#6 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:01 pm

:shock: Just don't use any kind of powered implement unless you're absolutely sure you've flushed out any fumes / residue, with a non-reactive non-flammable liquid

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#7 Unread post by Kal » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:17 pm

Pongo wrote:One thing concerning cleaning out gas tanks. Don't be tempted to use a vacuum cleaner with a metal nozzle to clean any small loose crud that might be in there. They can spark between nozzle and tank.
doh!

Actually I may thread-jack now....

Main keys with the only petrolcap key went missing a couple of weeks ago (cat that seems to having a phantom pregnancy is the main suspect)
As a temporary measure I swapped the tank from Bitzer for the one on CeeGee.

I need to swap them back in the next couple of weeks, assuming Evil kitty does not cough up the keys, how do I get the cap off of the tank without damaging the tank?
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#8 Unread post by Pongo » Thu Dec 01, 2005 2:38 pm

Kal wrote:Main keys with the only petrolcap key went missing a couple of weeks ago (cat that seems to having a phantom pregnancy is the main suspect)
As a temporary measure I swapped the tank from Bitzer for the one on CeeGee.

I need to swap them back in the next couple of weeks, assuming Evil kitty does not cough up the keys, how do I get the cap off of the tank without damaging the tank?
A good dose of liquid paraffin/mineral oil.

If that fails....Kitty to the Vet.

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#9 Unread post by Kal » Thu Dec 01, 2005 3:13 pm

Ah sorry, Evil Kitty (she put me in Hospital once) keeps thinking that random objects (mars bars, my bike gloves etc) are kittens and hidijg them in safe places...

I suspect this is what she has done with my keys, so lookig at replacing the filler cap.

Mind you I like the idea of just giving evil kitty a dose of caster oil anyway... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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#10 Unread post by BuzZz » Thu Dec 01, 2005 8:27 pm

So you got hospitalized by a housecat and you admit it....... scuze me, I have to go roll around on the floor and laugh like a lunatic for a half hour or so. :wink:
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I got 2 cats..... I had no idea I was in such mortal danger. :shock:

Sorry, couldn't let that slide. I'm a jerk like that....... :mrgreen:
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#11 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Fri Dec 02, 2005 10:02 am

dare I ask how you got hospitalised?
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#12 Unread post by Kal » Fri Dec 02, 2005 12:21 pm

You know that guy in school that the most improbable thigs would happen too... that would be me...


Not long after Jules and I moved in together I came in and fussed my kitten, Evil Cat did the whole dont you love me bit and I fussed her on top of her head as well.

She promptly turns into blender cat and shreds my hand. Not a problem I am used to pouring blood, so I grab her by the back of her neck expecting her to freeze...

Yeh right, exorsist kitty turns inside her skin and bites me! The whole vulcan neck thing dosnt work on her freaky rear-end. First Cat I've ever met who dosnt freeze when you do that.

Anyway about four hours into my shift I notice that my hand is swelling, by the end of my shift I couldnt use it and had to go to A&E.

So yeh, Jules cat is Evil Kitty and shortly after I got home from the Hospital Evil Kitty and I had words about who is the bigger predator...

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#13 Unread post by Sev » Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:54 pm

That's messed up, cats usually freeze because mommy cat picks them up by the back of the neck, and squirming around while your neck is in somethings mouth is a bad idea.

Dogs are the same way. Maybe kitty got separated from mommy a little soon.

Actually, humans feeze if you grab them by the back of the neck to, great fun at parties.
Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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#14 Unread post by Kal » Fri Dec 02, 2005 2:12 pm

I think the cats mother knew there was something wrong with evil kitty...
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#15 Unread post by snwbrdr » Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:54 pm

since we are on gas tanks here does anyone know how to fabricate one? or where in Central Ohio i can fid somone to do it? i was thinking of reshaping my 2000 ninja 250's tank (take out the hump in the crotch so i can lay over it better.) could i cut the hump, weld a piece over the hole and go on my merry way? has anyone ever made a custom tank?
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#16 Unread post by shane-o » Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:29 am

snwbrdr wrote:since we are on gas tanks here does anyone know how to fabricate one? or where in Central Ohio i can fid somone to do it? i was thinking of reshaping my 2000 ninja 250's tank (take out the hump in the crotch so i can lay over it better.) could i cut the hump, weld a piece over the hole and go on my merry way? has anyone ever made a custom tank?

Ya wanna know what your doing if ya gunna cut and weld a gas tank, cause if ya dont ya could get bit (they can explode = death)

To my knowledge tanks can be cut and welded all you like but the safest way is to run your car exhaust into them for around 10-15 minutes (make sure it can exit not blow up!) and that burns out any traces of fuel making it safe to weld, cut etc. There are all sorts of other ways that Im sure the guys here will have up their sleeves.

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#17 Unread post by Nibblet99 » Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:15 am

most modern tanks get tested for structural integrity too. the last thing you want is to have a minor accident changed to a major one, because the tank failed on impact (at least, you complicate things by breathing in fumes, at most, you get set of fire).

I have no argument with this on show bikes, but if you're riding it on the road, you need to think long and hard about the potential consequences.
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#18 Unread post by snwbrdr » Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:18 am

thanx guyz. i did consider the integrity of the welding and such. i would definitely make sure that it was clean, as far as the finished product... i would trust the welds structural integrity...i trust my welder (hes my dad). so i just wanted to know ur thoughts. safety will be of utmost importance.
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Re: Cleaning a gas tank with 99% isopropyl alcohol

#19 Unread post by CarolHenry » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:00 am

Use a good carpet cleaner having good suction ability. It will be best for you. You can use Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

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#20 Unread post by NorthernPete » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:12 pm

A little late on the advice, but I’m guessing it’s work. Lol
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