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Zinc Plating?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JohnLocke, May 24, 2012.

  1. JohnLocke

    JohnLocke Been here awhile

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    Anyone tried to zinc plate the inside of their gas tank to prevent future rusting?

    From what I understand the set-up is similar to electrolysis rust removal only the anode is zinc & the electrical leads are reversed since you want the anode metal (zinc) to flow to the tank surface.

    Curious if anyone has tried this & what the results were.
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  2. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware Supporter

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    Zinc plating is a quite toxic process iirc.

    You might find some info at the caswllplating.com forum.
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  3. Go Irish75

    Go Irish75 Been here awhile

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    Zinc coatings corrode as a means of protecting the metal they are coating. Even in confined spaces, like a gas tank, they will corrode with the moisture content found inside. This corrosion can be quite excessive, although a normal and expected one. You do not want that inside your tank. Thats all you need is large amounts of corrosion pieces in your tank and fuel filters. Zinc should never be used anywhere that binding and debris will prevent function of your equipment.
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