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Old 03-04-2007, 08:40 AM
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Red Kote tank sealer, prep question

Im ready to seal my tank on the inside, did the pressure test and no leaks. I have a can of Red Kote sealer, where can I find methyl ethyl ketone? I can't find anyone who has it, it says to rinse/clean the inside of the tank out with that then with acetone before sealing the inside with Red Kote.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:41 AM
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home depot or lowes also known as MEK
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:37 PM
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RRSA is right. I get mine at Lowes. What did you do to etch the tank? I usually use Muratic acid and water for a new tank (3 parts water, 1 part Muratic acid), let it set for 4 hours, then rinse with water, followed by MEK, then Red-Kote. I usually do 3 coats of RK, and final dry 24-48 hours before adding fuel.
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I have done nothing to etch it, do i need to fill the tank completely with the muratic/water solution?? It is a new WCC Villan tank
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:34 PM
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Yeah, if you don't etch it first, the Red-Kote won't hold up. I usually figure using a quart of acid to every 2-1/2 or 3 gallons of water. Fill it to the top, bump it a couple of times to get any air out and top it off (do NOT cover it). You need the red-kote to line EVERY inch of it. Also, on the final coat of RK, make sure you lay it to dry so that no vent or fuel tubes are gonna get filled and clogged. I normally set my tanks on the front end where the welds are, or upside down and let them dry that way. I can walk you thru it if you need some more info. PM me and I'll give you my shop number.
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alright, thanks for the heads up, will the 1 quart of red kote be enough to coat my villian tank twice? after the acid/water, I immediately pour in how much MEK, then after the mek, should I wait for it to dry before applying the red kote?
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Old 03-05-2007, 05:43 AM
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After getting all of the water out that you can, pour in some of the MEK, probably about a pint. This will grab any leftover water and get it out of the tank. I usually do 2 rinses with the MEK just to be sure. Plug off all the vents and tubes so it doesn't leak out and pour in the RK (pour it in with the MEK NOT dry as it will start to rust as soon as the MEK drys if moisture gets back in it). Use about 1/2 a quart. Roll it around good to cover all the surfaces (use a flashlight to make sure its getting everything covered, but DO NOT breath the stuff, it takes your breath away!!). The MEK won't hurt it, as you can actually use it as a thinner for the stuff if it starts getting old (thick). You don't have to work fask, just take your time. Let it dry about 10-15 minutes, then roll it around to coat it again, let it dry, then do it one more time. Drain any excess, unplug the tubes and set it up to dry, all finished! If you take your time and do it right, you'll never have to worry about it again!
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thanks, it's clear to me now, I am definitely going to take my time on it, i've got to get started on it and get this done so the paint man can get the tank finished
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I did my tank today, I only had time to let the acid/water solution sit for 3 hours instead of 4, hope that doesnt come back to bite me in the long run!
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Where do you get Muratic acid. Ive seen phosphoric acid etch, but bo Muratic. Are they similar?
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:39 AM
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Found it......sherman willams.
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muriatic acid is another name for hydrochloric acid and is available at Ace, Home Depot, Lowes, Eagle, etc. Pool Supply companies may also have it.
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