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Plastic Jerry Can help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Madjik_Man, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    I honestly have no idea what forum to post this in, so I just default to the coolest one :eek:

    I have two plastic jerry cans that have had gasoline in them for probably 9 years.

    I am wondering what do I need to do if I want to actually use them this summer, eg properly disposing of the gasoline currently in them and then cleaning? or treating? the jerry cans so I can properly store new gasoline.

    Thanks
     
  2. twfsa

    twfsa Well-Known Member

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    Removable tanks, such as those that come with boat motors, motorcycles and lawn care equipment tend to be easier to clean. However, they usually hold gasoline mixed with oil and tend to be left sitting longer between uses, so cleaning them is essential. The tank should be removed from its moorings and drained of any fuel. The fuel itself should be strained through a thick cloth if one intends to use it again. Once empty, throw in a handful of screws, bolts and nuts as well as a quart of cleaning solvent. The best cleaning solvent to use is acetone, given its tendency to vaporize quickly. The metal will help to scour the insides of the tank free of anything that would stick. Seal the cap of the tank, and then shake it thoroughly before pouring out the solvent and metal. You may need to rinse out the tank with more clean solvent, repeating the process until the solvent comes out clear. Simply leave the tank--cap off--in a well ventilated area for a day. The solvent will have vaporized by then, leaving you with a clean tank.

    Read more: Cleaning the Inside of a Plastic Gas Tank | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4794946_cleaning-inside-plastic-gas-tank.html#ixzz1xJmA8HBI

    Seen ^^^^this on the net I have heard of doing this in cars with old gas tanks.
     
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    Ninja The Lone Wolf of TW!

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    You are quite welcome. Glad I'm not the only one that enjoys the pretty rainbow oil film on top of all my waterways!
     
  8. Madjik_Man

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    Yeah, been there many times.

    I think I'll just trash these plastic ones and not deal with the really old gasoline. Then buy new metal ones and take care of them.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Go out the nearest national forest and find a pile that has not been burned yet, put them inside them as far as you can get them and touch them off. a forest fire fighter will thank you for new job opporturnities.

    Just kidding, take them to your nearest hazmat center and turn everything in to them
     
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    Ill buy those cans if you ars really interested in getting rid of them :cookiemonster:
     
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    Time for epic bone fire.
     
  13. Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Can't tell if serious...

    That's what she said.
     
  14. Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Not exactly sure I feel safe shipping jerry cans w/gasoline in them [​IMG]
     
  15. Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man [OP] The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    They're plastic ones I bought about 10 years ago

    :notsure:
     
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    Hello Jerry!

    [​IMG]
     
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    I actually am constantly on the lookout for those... garage sales, flea markets, etc. I hate the stupid spouts on the newer CARB compliant ones and end up spilling way more than would have evaporated or whatever the hell they were made to stop from happening.
     
  18. trmarshall1

    trmarshall1 The Least Interesting Man In The World

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    @ MadjikMan, properly dispose of the fuel and sell them. I need to find some old school metal ones for fuel and water...hmmm, looks like I gotta start hitting the flea markets again.
     
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