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    A question regarding Red Kote tank coating

    The good news is that I had my gas tank cleaned and recoated. While the local company came recommended, I do have one slight issue. They used Red Kote to as the liner. For better or worse, they had to use two coats. Unfortunately, this narrowed the holes for the petcocks to the point that the copper petcock filters will not fit in. As such, I need to thin the coating. Does anyone know what would be good to use?
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    I'll be interested in this discussion! I need to derust/reline my R25/2 and I was worried about this very issue.
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    I would probably call the vendor and ask them about their normal procedure when this happens. Iím not sure what you are trying to ďthinĒ or itís locationÖ.. Iím thinking it is interior?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I would probably call the vendor and ask them about their normal procedure when this happens. Iím not sure what you are trying to ďthinĒ or itís locationÖ.. Iím thinking it is interior?
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    I probably should have started with this. So, after a phone call, it was recommended to use Acetone on a rag or brush to slowly remove/wipe away the RedKote until the opening is large enough for the petcock with the filter. I think I'm going to stick to a rag, since it was also recommended not to get the Acetone on the paint. Brush can "flick" material. He also said MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) is a better alternative, but isn't sold here in California. FYI, they use Acetone to remove the rust in case anyone is curious. They also pressure tested the tank to make sure it's tight, which is a benefit of having them do it.
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    A Q-Tip may help. Your not supposed to use them in your ears dontcha know.
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    M.e.k.

    I use Red-Kote on all gas tanks that need it. I don't think acetone will touch it but I could be wrong. I use M.E.K. to clean out the extra stull in the lid and petcock tubes, you don't have the option apparently. I would take a sharp ex-acto knife or narrow blade and physically clear out the Red-Kote slag from the petcock outlets and then blow some high pressure air through the fill cap opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69zeff65 View Post
    I don't think acetone will touch it but I could be wrong. I use M.E.K. to clean out the extra stull in the lid and petcock tubes, you don't have the option apparently.
    This came from the company that re-coats gas tanks with Red Kote. They use acetone to clean things up. He did say that I may have to let the acetone sit for a few minutes. So, I think it's possible just not as effective as M.E.K. On a side note, the manufacture of Red Kote indicates in their instructions to use Acetone to thin Red Kote. I will give an update after I "clean" things up.
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    OK, I did a quick test and yes. Acetone will remove Red Kote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88bmwjeff View Post
    OK, I did a quick test and yes. Acetone will remove Red Kote.
    Good news. If you do get a little bogged down, you can try fingernail polish remover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Good news. If you do get a little bogged down, you can try fingernail polish remover.

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    Nail polish remover is not acetone. In some cases it might include some acetone. But you can give it a try and see if it works, but a pint of acetone was not that expensive.

    From an online search

    Nail polish remover is a solution of limonene, methyl pyrrolidone, and cetyl acetate that together can dissolve the color in the nail polish. Acetone may also be added to the nail polish remover to make it more effective.


    https://naildesigncode.com/nail-poli...er-vs-acetone/
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    Quote Originally Posted by 88bmwjeff View Post
    Nail polish remover is not acetone. In some cases it might include some acetone. But you can give it a try and see if it works, but a pint of acetone was not that expensive.

    From an online search

    Nail polish remover is a solution of limonene, methyl pyrrolidone, and cetyl acetate that together can dissolve the color in the nail polish. Acetone may also be added to the nail polish remover to make it more effective.


    https://naildesigncode.com/nail-poli...er-vs-acetone/
    Some have MEK as an ingredient.

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    [QUOTE

    Nail polish remover is a solution of limonene, methyl pyrrolidone, and cetyl acetate that together can dissolve the color in the nail polish. Acetone may also be added to the nail polish remover to make it more effective.


    https://naildesigncode.com/nail-poli...er-vs-acetone/[/QUOTE]

    I cannot believe I opened that link and read about the differences between acetone and nail polish remover.
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    I would be surprised if current nail polish remover has any MEK in it. It is nasty stuff. If use it, you should use gloves.

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