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    Long term tank storage......best practice.

    I am planning on long term storage of my stock tank and was wondering what is the "best practice"? The fuel cock has been removed and it does have a fuel cap.
    Should I try and get out all of the gas, rinse with distilled water then flush with menthol hydrate.......any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
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    Generally speaking, it's best to "fog" the internals of the tank with some sort of water repellent lubricant - WD40 springs to mind, but any sort of light oil will do

    Even 20/50 mixed with petrol would suffice

    But don't forget to wax the outside as well - even a small chip in the paint will rust over time ......
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    i just drain the tank and leave the cap off and place the tank right side up so anything in it will evaporate. fogging with some sort of oil product sure can't hurt
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    Thanks Purple and grewen, I will fog the tank with WD40, wax the exterior and place it in the basement with the cap off where it is bone dry....
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    Quote Originally Posted by putt-putt View Post
    Thanks Purple and grewen, I will fog the tank with WD40, wax the exterior and place it in the basement with the cap off where it is bone dry....

    As an example: https://www.amazon.com/STA-BIL-22001...il+fogging+oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by putt-putt View Post
    Thanks Purple and grewen, I will fog the tank with WD40, wax the exterior and place it in the basement with the cap off where it is bone dry....
    there maybe something better than wd-40 as it is water based
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    Isn't wd40 a corrosive? I use mineral oil to prevent corrosion on my blades...it's cheap and works. I've also considered picking up some machining oil to protect tools...
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    I have the fogging spray that goes into my Yamaha boat engine cylinders via the spark plug hole....... Excellent idea admiral, I will use that instead of the WD40.
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    No WD 40 stands for water displacement formula 40. It was designed to protect aerospace stuff. Original formula had some kind of fish oil in it too. Propellant is propane so it can be used to start diesel engines too. Ask me how I know.


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    Isn't wd40 a corrosive? I use mineral oil to prevent corrosion on my blades...it's cheap and works. I've also considered picking up some machining oil to protect tools...
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    You can also spray some silicone on the gas cap gasket to keep it from cracking.

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