KBS Fuel Tank Sealer System Removes Rust and Restores the Inside of Your Tank to Like New
Rusting and varnish in a fuel tank can create problems. First, rust can create pin holes from which fuel can leak and it can also weaken seam welds creating a fire hazard. Vehicles with in-tank fuel pumps can have issues as fine rust particles pass through the pump pickup strainer and into the pump causing damage. Further, rust particles can collect in fuel filters restricting fuel flow meaning the vehicle can find itself getting enough fuel at idle, but then not enough when accelerating. Particles can also clog fuel injectors and carburetors. Rust in fuel tanks is more of an issue now than it was in the past since today's ethanol-gasoline blends are more corrosive than non-ethanol gasolines of the past.
If your fuel tank has rust there are two ways fix the problem: Replace the tank with a new one or take steps to clean the inside of the tank, remove the rust, and seal the inside with a fuel tank sealer. Replacement of the fuel tank can be very expensive especially in the case of some classic cars where the tanks are very pricey. And even a new tank that has not been sealed will start to rust causing the same problems. Of note, if you have a diesel vehicle, diesel sludge contamination is another fuel tank issue to consider. Diesel sludge is an algae-like substance that adheres to the tank surface or at the fuel water interface. The sludge settles to the bottom of a fuel tank and can clog filters when the vehicle is fueled. A good tank cleaning will help with this problem.
KBS Coatings offers the simple to use Tank Sealer System as an effective, high-quality and economical solution to clean, de-rust and seal your fuel tank. The KBS Tank Sealer System will stop rust and form a tough, fuel impervious coating while sealing small pinholes and weld seams. Whatever your tank holds will never touch the inside walls of your tank again.
KBS Klean is a powerful cleaner that deeply penetrates and removes soil and varnish without leaving harmful residues or emitting noxious fumes. KBS Klean is a super concentrated, water-based, biodegradable formula that is crazy powerful and an excellent alternative to flammable solvents and hazardous chemicals.
KBS Klean is designed to be diluted with water and a full-strength dilution is 1-part water (hot water works best) with 1-part KBS Klean. Pour the bottle and water into the tank, place some metal objects like nuts and bolts in to act as agitators and shake the tank up. Let it soak for 45 minutes then flush with water until suds stop coming out. You can repeat as many times as needed.
The next step is RustBlast, a powerful rust remover, zinc phosphate pre-primer and metal etch. RustBlast effectively dissolves rust, corrosion, metal oxides and tarnish from the inside of the tank. It will etch the surface and leave a zinc phosphate coating to ensure a strong bond with the Tank Sealer. The zinc will protect against flash rust in case the Tank Sealer can’t be applied right away.
When working with RustBlast, leave the agitators, which were used in the previous step, in the tank. Shake the tank thoroughly and let the RustBlast soak for about 45 minutes, rotating the tank around every ten minutes or so to etch all surfaces. Then pour out the RustBlast in a container, but don’t dispose of it yet in case the procedure needs to be repeated. Rinse the tank out well with water and inspect to be sure all the rust is gone. If not, repeat the procedure. After the rust has been removed the tank needs to be thoroughly dried. It’s best to use a heat gun or blow dryer to ensure it is completely dry. Don’t forget to remove the agitators!
The grand finale is application of Gold Standard Tank Sealer, a superior single component, ready-to-use fuel tank sealer formulated for coating the inside of metal, aluminum and fiberglass tanks. Gold Standard Tank Sealer is an easy-to-use single application coating that cures into a tough fuel impervious seal. The entire tank including pinholes and weld seams are permanently sealed to prevent the return of rust and corrosion and clogged carburetors.
After pouring in the Tank Sealer, leave it there for 45-60 minutes. Frequently rolling the tank to be sure it coats all interior surfaces and into the seams. Be sure that all remaining fuel tank sealer is completely drained from the tank as you don’t want to leave any pools. The tank can always be propped up and left to drain. It is very important that the sealant be allowed to cure for four days before putting in any fuel.
Rust and varnish accumulation in fuel tanks is a big problem. The KBS Tank Sealer System is an excellent solution.