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Old 02-10-2016, 06:53 PM   #1
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Diesel tank cleaning

I'm at the point I need to mop up/wipe down/clean the bottom of my diesel tank.
What, other than large, absorbent diapers, is a good product to use?
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:20 PM   #2
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Micro fiber rags you buy in bulk at say Costco.

I would stay away from oil sorbs. They tend the shed a lot.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:48 PM   #3
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Old cotton tee shirts parts for wiping down.

For reaching inside the acess ports, I use a sock with the toe cut off. I pull it up over my bicep on "the in the tank arm". It saves you from those tank edges.
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:50 PM   #4
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Soap, lots of soap, and water. And a pump to circulate it for a few says then pump out the water. Then more clean water ran thru and pumped out for a few days. Then fan dried after being vacuumed out. Simple.
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Dawn dish washing liquid with hot water emulsifies diesel and diesel crud .Vacuum out with Shop Vac wet n dry . Then dry out with a hot air gun .

One of those jobs that should take 3 hours but takes 3 days
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Zakly !!!
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Old 02-11-2016, 07:56 AM   #7
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"Soap, lots of soap, and water. And a pump to circulate it for a few says then pump out the water."

This works byt there may be lots of oil in the discharge water , and the fines are large.

I use a dedicated pump and put a layer of oil zorb pads in the sink , and pump into the sink.

Dawn in kids water blaster outside if any does escape.
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Great suggestions, just what I needed. Thanks to all!
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"Do not treat oily water with detergents. Soaps pollute and make clean up impossible. You may be fined up to $25,000 for using soaps to dissipate oil."

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" You may be fined up to $25,000 for using soaps to dissipate oil.""

Or you can be fined for the oil sheen on the water, great choice.

Sundown takes care of a lot of hassles.
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Initially citrus base cleaner, then move on to Dawn. When BP is fined at the same rate as we are I will take them more seriously.
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Old 02-12-2016, 12:29 PM   #12
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Don't forget the fuel lines and filters they may also be contaminated. You don't want to put all that work in then inoculate the tank first time you use the engine.
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