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I was wondering what is the best way to store a used gas tank? Tape up the top and bottom openings, or leave them open? Keep the tank in a plastic bag? I'm looking to buy a used tank, and it may be a couple months before I put it on my bike. thanks for any advice.
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Get your favorite lubrication like WD-40 and give that a good swishing around in the tank and shoot some down the over flow tube too before you store it. Make sure it is dry and humidity is kept low to help. I would close the locked lid too.

That is one of the processes I have used in rehabing an improperly store fuel tank. WD-40 is a really good cleaner.



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Get your favorite lubrication like WD-40 and give that a good swishing around in the tank and shoot some down the over flow tube too before you store it. Make sure it is dry and humidity is kept low to help. I would close the locked lid too.

That is one of the processes I have used in rehabing an improperly store fuel tank. WD-40 is a really good cleaner.
WD-40 was originally developed by the Rocket Chemical Company as a DOD request for a substance to prevent corrosion on the very thin stainless steel skin of the Atlas missile back in the '50s.
The WD stands for Water Displacement and 40 stands for the 40th chemical formula tested.
It became so successful that Rocket Chemical Company changed it's name to WD-40 Corp.

Given it's history and purpose, I'd agree a thin coating on the interior of the tank should work well to prevent rusting, especially if it's in an atmosphere controlled area, like inside the house (where mine is).
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thanks madbuyer and subsailor. That is good information.
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