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I bought a 96 sporty 1200 a few weeks ago and just discovered that the tank has rust inside (inspecting full tank on a bright sunny day hid the rusty bottom). With further inspection, I also noticed the tank lining is bubbling up in a spot or 2. I'm looking for some guidance and advice on repairing this rust CORRECTLY.

A few notes and questions...


1. Since the lining is bubbling, would swishing tank with nuts and bolts to remove rust damage the lining?

2. Is Metal Rescue a safer alternative for the lining?

3. If I stripped rust and lining off with kerosene and nuts, would you recommend re-lining with RedKote, or just keep tank filled with gas?

4. How much time do I have after cleaning tank before flash rust occurs?

Any other information would be greatly appreciated.
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With further inspection and some garage member council. I think I’m gonna strip the inside tank of rust and the existing liner and keep the tank filled with gas.

As a precaution, I’ll get a new petcock filter, and add another filter in the fuel line as an extra step.


Please share any advice or concerns. Thanks!
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Use a Muriatic Acid solution to get rid of the liner. Four parts water, one part acid. Let it sit for six to 8 hours (not in the sun). May take a couple of applications. Red Kote and POR-15 have kits for removing rust/liners and relining. I would stay away from Kreem, I've heard a lot of disaster stories with Kreem. I usually use POR-15, works great.
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I read you should rinse the vinegar out with baking soda to neutralize the vinegar.

Does Muriatic Acid solution need a neutralizer too and rinsed with water?
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I had good luck w acetone. Cheap but dangerous. You want to get it our because it will eventually come off in a sheet and strand you
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I actually changed my mind and decided to do the job completely and correctly after realizing how old and impractical keeping a fill gas tank would be. I ordered the POR-15 Motorcycle Fuel Tank Strip & Repair Kit, it’ll fix my rust AND old lining issue in 1 go. I read the directions for each step and it seems pretty straight forward.

https://www.por15.com/POR-15-Motorcy...and-Repair-Kit
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I had good luck w acetone. Cheap but dangerous. You want to get it our because it will eventually come off in a sheet and strand you
Had that happen with a Silverwing I had. PO had used Kreem right over the rust. Started peeling mid-ride, plugged the filter on the petcock and left me sitting on the shoulder.
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I've used Red Kote to line many tanks and have never had a failure or ever heard of one with it. A 1 quart can for around $30 is more than enough to line a motorcycle tank.
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I read you should rinse the vinegar out with baking soda to neutralize the vinegar.

Does Muriatic Acid solution need a neutralizer too and rinsed with water?

I've just always flushed it real good with water. The problem's I've seen have come from not drying the tank out well enough afterwards. It has to be DRY. Use the wifes hair dryer for an hour or two after airing it out overnight.
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