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  1. #1
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    What's the best way to remove tank liner?

    I bought this bike and the tank was improperly lined with cream or similar. It's coming off in chunks and small bits that clog the petcock.
    Should I use a paint stripper? Or is there something better?
    Thanks

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  3. #2
    Third gear and cruising
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    Use Acetone but BE CAREFUL!!! Acetone is very FLAMMABLE and should be used in a well vented area. It will also damage the paint!
    I only ride 'em. I don't know what makes 'em work.
    Oddball: Donald Sutherland, Kelly's Heroes 1970

  4. #3
    Sprocket Pilot
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    Por-15 has a tank stripper that they sell with or without there liner kit.
    "Once I establish myself, deputy spade might be a groovy position"

  5. #4
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    thanks guys. I'll try the por-15 if I can find it local.

  6. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by tweakedlogic View Post
    Should I use a paint stripper? Or is there something better?
    Thanks
    New tank. Really.
    If you do find something that melts the liner material and you don't get every tiny little trace of it out........and it ends up in your carbs or injectors......you will be VERY sorry.
    Don't believe everything that you think.

  7. #6
    Just Won't Go Away !
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    I'd go with a new tank also- obviously this one was shot or the previous owner would not have put that crappy cream sealer in there.
    You MUST obey the pug dog!


  8. #7
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    thanks guys. A new tank is not an option. This is a beater I paid $200 for. It is nearly a cafe racer until this. I knew it was lined poorly, but I didn't realize how poorly. Today I took it off and was able to pull most of it out through the filer neck. If I do miss some, which i doubt, I always use fuel filters. Ever since my first bike when I rebuilt the carbs and didn't use a filter. I had to go back in and clean them out again in a couple months.

    I am very thorough when it comes to things like this. i will ride my 350 while it sits. I'm going to try different things with the part i took out. Hopefully it will be something I have on hand.
    I'll post an update and let you know.

  9. #8
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    Ever do something that makes you feel dumb?
    I do, all the time. Today was another.
    I find this paint stripper and try it out. It works pretty fast on my test piece. So I pour the can into the take and let it do its thing. Then I add some screws, nuts and bolts and shake the hell out of it. Time to rinse. I'm doing this in the driveway getting some interesting looks from neighbors and passers by. Add water, shake more, add soap, shake more. I was trying to hurry so i can get to the gym on time. My hands and the tank are wet and soapy. I'm shaking vigorously. I drop it. It hits the pavement at high velocity. Smashes up the whole right side and the rear of the left. Stupid.

    The dents aren't really that bad. But it's too cold for body work. I can't buy a new tank until I replace my job. So, I'll be riding the 350 this winter.

  10. #9
    Seat Tester
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    Tweak, If you've never made a mistake, then you haven't done much. We have all been there.

  11. #10
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    So, did you get all of the liner out?
    The world is not my home. I'm just a passin' thru.

  12. #11
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    The only way I have been able to get that crap out is to cut the tank apart and weld it back together

  13. #12
    Third gear and cruising
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    MSgt, NICE Honda Sir!
    I only ride 'em. I don't know what makes 'em work.
    Oddball: Donald Sutherland, Kelly's Heroes 1970

  14. #13
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    Unfortunately it doesn't look quite that good........yet. But it will

    The actual pics are on my Introduction Thread:
    http://www.motorcycle-journal.com/fo...new-forum.html

  15. #14
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    I got most of it out using paint stripper from Lean-Strip called KS-3 Premium. I think if I had let it sit a little longer it would have gotten it all. I'll do it again when it warms up.
    I dumped all of it in and shook and turned it (with several layers of latex gloves and a finger over the petcock bung) over and around to coat it well. Then I drained it back into the can for another day. I can see just a few specs in there on the bottom. I will get it all the next time. Then electrolysis for the rust inside. . Then I will start the body work.

  16. #15
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    Muriatic acid should do it. Take the petcock off and plug the hole with something else. The acid will kill anything not steel. Fill it up, let it set over night, drain it out rinse it out a few times and use baking soda to neutralize it. You will have to re-coat it or fill it with gas quickly to keep it from flash rusting.


 

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