Discussion in 'Fettlers Master Class' started by kerophile, Aug 27, 2006.
Your last link needs fixing....
George: in case I missed it somewhere: what do you think is the best, safest and most reliable treatment for cleaning out the inside of tanks, some of which have residues of old fuel or, in some cases, a kind of white "corrosion", visible near the inside of the filler tube?
Hi Peter, it is actually in the text:
The reason I warned against pickling the inside of the tank was:
1. You can't see inside the tank and monitor what is going on, and
2. I have seen residual flux on some soldered joints so these areas are already free of oxide coating and will corrode preferentially relative to the rest of the tank surface.
On heavily fouled tanks in the past i have boiled up a solution of water and industrial solvent degreaser (normally used for degreasing engines and components of vehicles) inside the tank, and this has shifted a lot of crud from old tanks, including molten pitch-type deposits.
Trust this helps,
Brilliant! Thanks, as always, George,
ok just a quick question, I have an 8R that I am restoring, it has a seriously dirty lacquor on it. will the citric acid bath remove the lacquor? Thanks In advance
If it's the tank you're talking about, it's probably better to give it a clean and remove the lacquer with paint stripper or acetone before giving it a dip in the citric acid.
yes its the tank... I will pick up some stripper tommorrow then.. thank you. does anyone know of a good lacquer in the States to use?
I'm interested to try the Rust Killer solution on some parts I have.
I've used an Electrolysis tank for cleaning up old hand tools, etc. Would that be appropriate for small stove parts? How would it compare to the Rust Killer?
Coming very late to the dance, but George (kerophile) said
"...ammonia is prone to cause cracking in alpha-brasses ( the type used in stove construction)."
so my question is, how then is it okay to use Brasso, which contains ammonia?
Many stove and lamp people do not use Brasso because of the high level of ammonia.