Tankerite: The permanent anticorrosion treatment
An excellent solution for all types of fuel tanks
This product offers a permanent anticorrosion treatment for the internal repair of rusty and damaged fuel tanks, which creates a sealing capsule that is totally impervious to petrol, alcohol and fuels. You now have at your disposal an ideal solution to prevent and stop internal rust in the fuel tanks of vintage cars and motorcycles. Our repair kit consists of three separate products, is easy to use and can therefore simply be used by anyone who wants to avail himself of an economic and permanent DIY solution to the problem.
The kit is accompanied by clear instructions and the result is of a professional standard.
The inner surface of the tank is coated with an anticorrosive sealing resin, which has a thick and strong ceramic look. However, the resin is also extremely elastic, so as to form a sealing capsule that can withstand both vibrations and thermal stresses (it is designed to withstand temperatures from -30°C to +120°C).
Porosity, cracks and thinning of the sheet metal are thus corrected in a permanent way.
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Tankerite – User Instructions
Instructions for the correct usage of our anticorrosion sealing treatment
DO NOT POUR PETROL INTO THE TANK BEFORE A WEEK HAS ELAPSED!
NB: The Tankerite treatment may only be carried out AFTER any chroming or nickel-plating process.
SOME PRACTICAL TIPS
Where there are cracks or very small holes (more serious damage must be repaired by soldering or using a two-part filler), apply a pad of sticky tape, to stop the resin from leaking out, then position the tank in such a way as to make the running resin concentrate and thicken on the worst-damaged areas. Even if thickly built up, being elastomeric, this resin does not cleave nor crack; it has a sealing effect and is capable of strengthening even weak and thinned plate metal. Indeed, TANKERITE was designed to withstand any kind of vibration and dimensional instability caused by working thermal stresses, within the temperature range from -30°C to +120°C.
More than one treatment of the interior of the same fuel tank may be carried out – even at different times and after the product is completely catalysed – as long as no oily residue is left inside between treatments.
When treating larger tanks, e.g. those on cars, watercraft, agricultural machines, etc. – which normally include built-in baffles and other anti-sloshing features – it is advisable to dilute the catalysed mixture with 90° proof methylated spirits (max. 5%).
It must also be borne in mind that, before proceeding with the treatment of this type of tanks, it is necessary to completely remove all extra components, such as probes, level-indication and reserve-warning devices, etc. As for compensation venting ducts, even of a small diameter – access to which cannot be prevented with plugs, screws, etc. – these will have to be promptly cleaned with a jet of compressed air, before reticulation of the resin takes place.
It is also necessary to recline the tank in such a way as to prevent the running resin from plugging the communicating holes of any internal baffles, if present. In any case, excessive accumulations of resin are to be avoided.
GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Do not store nor use the product at temperatures below +5°C, as the cold inhibits all chemical catalysis process, and makes the resin excessively thixotropic. If this should occur, it is advisable to heat it up (avoiding the use of a flame!) and then dilute it with methylated spirits (max. 5%).
Clean all tools and containers only with methylated spirits, i.e. 90° proof spirits, or (pink) surgical spirits. DO NOT POUR ANY PRODUCT RESIDUE INTO THE SEWER SYSTEM!
The resin has no expiry date, but the catalyst has a shelf life of about 2 years from the date of purchase. The TANKERITE resin may also be used – after thorough degreasing – on steel, brass, aluminium, ABS plastics or fibreglass tanks. With these types of tanks, we recommend using the special primer or internal sanding of the tank.
None of the components of the TANKERITE kit or its ancillary products, as recommended in the treatment, can damage existing paint finishes or chrome-plating, provided there is only a brief contact. If any such parts – including threads and tank lids, etc. – should be accidentally contaminated, simply clean them with methylated spirits within the first few hours of the drying process.
When using the kit at high temperatures (above 30°C), it may prove useful to cool the mixing container, in order to slow down the catalysis process. If it should be necessary to stop the process, the mixed product can simply be put in a refrigerator for the desired pause, for up to a maximum of 12 hours.
TANKERITE is normally supplied in 3 standard kits (for details, please see the product catalogue).