How can you cover an old gas tank to prevent rust?

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Offline sandykoeck

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REAL chemistry question:
Heard somewhere that you can cover the inside of an (old, rusty) gas tank to stop further rusting and "preserve" it for good!
Any info on that?

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« Last Edit: 23/06/2008 09:14:18 by BenV »
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How can you cover an old gas tank to prevent rust?
« Reply #1 on: 07/03/2009 05:11:59 »
Sounds more like a technology question. [:)]

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How can you cover an old gas tank to prevent rust?
« Reply #2 on: 07/03/2009 17:36:17 »
I know that they do this with the really big (underground) petrol tanks in petrol stations. They use an epoxy based paint. I guess you could do the same with a small tank, but painting the inside of a small tank might be difficult.
Considering the cost of a new tank and the potential damage caused by a leaking old tank I am not sure this would be worth the risk.
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How can you cover an old gas tank to prevent rust?
« Reply #3 on: 07/03/2009 19:12:51 »
Don't get a Darwin award ...
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Jumping out of a plane to film skydivers without wearing a parachute (U.S., 1987),
Trying to get enough light to look down the barrel of a loaded muzzleloader gun using a cigarette lighter (U.S., 1996),
Using a lighter to illuminate a fuel tank to make sure it contains nothing flammable (Brazil, 2003),
Attempting to play Russian roulette with a semi-automatic pistol that automatically reloads the next round into the chamber,
or attempting Russian roulette with an unexploded landmine,
Crashing through a window and falling to your death in trying to demonstrate that the window is unbreakable,
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