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Cleaning stickers on a HP80 PST hot dipped steel tank

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by aviator8, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    I just picked up a new used tank. There are some stickers and gummy residue from others that I want to clean up. What recommended safe way to go about getting them all off? simple green? oops? wd40?
     
  2. Jeremy Williams

    Jeremy Williams Nassau Grouper

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    Razor blade. You’ll probably find that you can scrape it off more readily than you can remove it chemically.
     
  3. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

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    Heat gun.

    The very last of the residue can be removed with acetone (after the heat gun is put away and the tank is cool).
     
  4. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    I tried a plastic scraper, I didn't want to go using a razor balde and accidentally get into the galvanizing.
     
  5. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    so no issues with heat like on al? Its mostly the gummy stuff that is a pain to remove and I didnt want to use a chemical that will react with the tank coating and create a weird reaction. So acetone is ok.
     
  6. 2airishuman

    2airishuman Solo Diver

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    That's what I use on my PST galvanized cylinders.

    No damage from heat at any temperature you're likely to achieve with a heat gun. Acetone doesn't react with the galvanizing.

    A wood scraper will not melt and will not damage the metal.
     
  7. Squirm88

    Squirm88 Angel Fish

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    I used Goo Gone for this purpose on painted steel tanks and it worked great. Razor to help removes the stickers. Goo Gone and a sponge to remove the sticky residue.
     
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  8. PBcatfish

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

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    I've recently had good luck with a pressure washer.
    Different stickers use different adhesives, so what works well on one sticker may not work well on another.
     
  9. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

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    This is what ultimately worked best for me.
     

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