Q: Is the exterior paint removed when you clean a motorcycle gas tank?.
A: Yes! Look at every picture we post. We strip motorcycle gas tanks by dipping them in tanks of chemicals. So the answer to what seems like kind of a silly question is YES the paint is removed. Nowhere do we make any mention of just cleaning the inside if any gas tank. Motorcycle gas tank, oil tank, fuel tank, diesel tank, any type of gas tank or fuel tank we clean gets stripped inside and out.
Q: Why do you need to drill a hole in the tank?
A: Try filling your tank with water and getting 100% of it out. Now try it a second time filled with over 200 degree chemical. Now let's look at it differently. To get it clean it must fill with chemical inside and not be floating around in the tanks. Therefore it can't have air trapped inside. When we clean any motorcycle gas tank or any fuel tank we have to attach a wire to it somewhere so we can remove it from the chemicals. Based on where we can wire to it the hole is strategically placed to help get all the air out we can. Then when we're cleaning the tank it's turned over so the small hole is down so all the chemical, water, and junk inside can drain out. The hole is part of the process. No way around it if you want it cleaned.
Q: Who fixes the hole?
A: We do not repair or fix the hole. Any qualified radiator shop or motorcycle shop can easily repair the small hole.
Q: What if I have motorcycle tank liner inside?
A: Motorcycle gas/fuel tanks with liners that need to be removed require a little more work. The first step is we do a "pre-clean" to remove all residual oils from inside the tank. Then we run the tank through a burn oven. The burn oven is a controlled process slowly heating the items to around 650 degrees. This process destroys the durable coating so they can be removed. After the burn oven process we run the tank through our complete metal cleaning process cleaning it like no other way possible.
Q: Do I need to take everything apart?
A: Yes!! Everything that is intended to come apart needs to be apart. Let me say that again for those that need to hear it more than once. Everything needs to be taken apart. If parts are left together we can't clean behind them. We want to be able to clean each and everything the very best we can. Knowing solution will get behind or between parts is why we want to see them apart so we can fully clean each surface and ensure solution isn't trapped somewhere.
Q: How do I prep a part for painting?
A: Prep and paint is very easy after our process. Anyone in the autobody and paint industry should know the steps to prep and paint clean metal. Here are the steps our guys in the body shop take: 1) DA or scotchbrite the surface to scuff it a little 2) wipe clean with a wax & grease remover until fully clean 3) final wipe 4) epoxy prime Those are the exact steps we use and recommend. We have some videos on YouTube showing these steps.
Q: Can you clean other parts like fenders?
A: Absolutely. We clean all kinds of metal. Fenders are easy clean. If you're already sending us your motorcycle gas tank and need the fenders cleaned just ship them in the same box.
Q: What about aluminum?
A: Very important that aluminum does not go into our chemicals. We do not clean aluminum. Any aluminum part going into our tank will be destroyed. Including VIN tags. These need to be removed prior to our cleaning process.
Q: How long do I have before it starts rusting?
A: Great question. First keep it dry. Our final step in the application of a rust inhibitor. However, parts are intended to be kept dry once we done. It's best to do any repair work and epoxy items soon as you can after dipping. However, generally speaking if kept dry you'll have several months or longer to get to them.
Q: Will the acid damage the motorcycle gas tank?
A: The acid we use will not damage your motorcycle gas / fuel tank. We use phosphoric acid that's been used for decades to treat rusted surfaces for paint. Another misconception from the internet or somewhere. Let me state it again: the acid WILL NOT damage your motorcycle gas / fuel tank.
Q: How do you neutralize the acid?
A: Again, misunderstanding is at the root of this question. The acid is our friend in the process. It is the neutralizer. You have to follow the flow of our process and understand a little basic chemistry. Step one is the heated base solution that removes the paint and grease. Step two we use high pressure fresh water to removal everything possible. Step three is the acid tank which neutralized the base solution and treats the rust at the same time. Step four is another high pressure cleaning followed by low pressure fresh water rinse. Final step is the rust inhibitor. Okay, note which chemical removed the paint: base chemical. Everyone knows you neutralize batter acid with baking soda (a base). We do just the opposite. Neutralize the base chemical with an acid. Leaving your metal parts ready for paint.
Q: Where do you drill the hole?
A: We put the hole on the underside at the highest point possible. Please note we NEVER drill the hole on the outer skin of your motorcycle gas tank.
Q: Why do fuel tanks have to have a hole drilled in them?
A: Didn't we already cover this? Yes, we did. However, let me go over it one more time for those that need it. Getting over the hole is the most difficult part of cleaning motorcycle gas tanks! No the actual cleaning of them, but explaining the reason for the hole. People no matter what you're thinking your motorcycle gas tank or other fuel tank is not the first one we've done. We know what we're doing and how to do what we do.