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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-19-2009, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Electroplating Tank?

My tank reserve wasn't working and curiosity finally got me to pull the tank last night. The tank was Kreemed for the PO by the stealership a little over a year ago. I could tell the tank hadn't been thoroughly cleaned before coating by all the crud embedded in the Kreem, but I had no idea how bad it was. There are quite a few loose flakes of rust. Haven't gotten it all out yet, but I'm thinking there may be places where the paint is about the only thing keeping the tank from leaking.

My plan is to remove the Kreem with paint stripper and then treat the tank. Bought the stuff to do fergy's procedure, but decided against it after sleeping on it. The acid would clean the tank, but it will also remove some metal; something that may be in very short supply where the flakes came from! The Verses have a procedure https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthrea...=5500#post5500 that uses a battery charger to clean and actually put a little bit of metal back on the tank. They recommend a mild steel piece as the sacrificial metal. Question for you chemists/metallurgists out there: is there any reason I couldn't use stainless steel? Seems the SS would be a better material to have on the tank lining. Better resistance to rusting and all. TIA for your input.

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i used a galvanized lag bolt and it worked GrEAt i dont know about SS but i do know zink has anti corrosion properties...



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Yeah, I was thinking about that as a second choice. Pure zinc would be best, if I could find some.

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If you need pure zinc, check at a marina, or boat supply store. They sell zincs to go on marine engines. The zincs are used to reduce electrolises (bad spelling).
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If you need pure zinc, check at a marina, or boat supply store. They sell zincs to go on marine engines. The zincs are used to reduce electrolises (bad spelling).
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Yup, good suggestion.

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