Electrolysis Tank Cleaning
The tank on my 550 looks clean from the outside but it had a lot of crusty rust inside. I’ve used muriatic acid to clean tanks before but I wanted to try another method. So, I talked to my buddy Ryan who is a material scientist of sorts for a living and he gave me the run down of how to do electrolysis to remove rust.
Tape the petcock shut.
Dilute roughly 2 cups of salt in water and pour it in the tank and continue filling the tank until it’s almost full.
Connect the positive to the tank and the negative to the metal bar and cook it between 6 AMPs and 8 AMPs for 30 to 45 minutes. If it’s too low in AMP’s add more salt and if it’s too much dilute the mixture.
This process worked great for removing the chunky rust so I suggest doing this and then a quick acid wash to finish the job.
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Published - Jul 16, 2014
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