Cleaning out a new gas tank?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by meowy84, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. meowy84

    meowy84 New Member

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    I'm on my first build so hope this isn't a stupid question. heh heh

    Anyways, do the chinese engine kits come with any anti-rust or other coatings inside the tanks that need or should be cleaned out? I have the PK80 kit and there's no rust inside the tank but when I stick my fingers inside and feel around I can feel a somewhat oily coating, sort of like old oil that has dried out over time time.

    I have a big bottle of Duplicolor Automotive Grease, Tar & Wax Remover that I was planning to pour into the tank, swish around and let sit for a few days, then drain. I've read on other threads suggestions of putting in washers or some other media inside the tank and rattling it to clean the inside but I want to avoid that since I've already painted the outside of the tank to match my frame and don't want the paint chipping from the hundreds of small impacts the washers would make against the inside of the tank walls.
     
  2. Nashville Kat

    Nashville Kat Active Member

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    There's some stuff called Kreme I think, at motorcycle stores to condition a tank, but I've never tried it.
     
  3. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Just rinse it with some gas/oil mix and put it on the bike.
     
  4. Cabinfever1977

    Cabinfever1977 New Member

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    I had mine for 1,300miles and still no rust inside my tank.
     
  5. shearbf

    shearbf New Member

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    Not a stupid question at all! I've had real tank rust truble with a bike that was stored a long time. If I knew the best way to clean & put a coating inside a new tank, I would surly do it! The only tank coatings I've seen are cost prohibvetive for me. there must be something cheap that we can swish around in the tank to keep it from rusting.
    ANYBODY KNOW?
     
  6. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Yes, gas and oil mix.
    Just keep your tank reasonably full and stop worrying.
     

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