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Red-Kote® - Overview

Containers of Red Kote.

You may order Red-Kote® Dry directly from us.

Red-Kote® is available from dealers in Australia Malaysia New Zealand Singapore South Africa Thailand

A text table of all dealers is also available.

View the SDS for this product.

The toughest, most flexible and best adhering liner for fuel tank repairs. Seals small leaks and prevents rust in metal tanks. In use on over 1.5 million vehicles including cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats and airplanes.

  • Red-Kote® has been extensively and successfully tested with E85 (85% ethanol).
  • STAYS FLEXIBLE - Will never crack or peel off.
  • ALCOHOL RESISTANT - No expensive come-backs.
  • BRIGHT COLOUR - You can see results.
  • COVERS RUST - Seals old rust in and prevents future rusting.
  • SEALS LEAKS - Gets the multitude of pin-holes you can't find.
  • DO-IT-YOURSELF - FTRS does not apply Red-Kote® or Red-Kote® Dry to your fuel tank. It is a do‑it‑yourself application.

Red-Kote® is a new polymer coating developed by Damon Industries which is resistant to petrol, diesel fuel, alcohol and other fuel additives. Its major use is to seal leaking fuel tanks. Solvents such as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), acetone, methylene chloride and propylene oxide will completely dissolve the polymer. Other industrial solvents will affect the coating but not completely dissolve it.

Red-Kote® is easy to use if the directions are followed closely. It seals the multitude of small leaks that often form where the straps wrap around the tank. You fix the obvious leaks and Red-Kote® seals the rest.

Contrary to what some people will tell you, rust does form inside petrol tanks. The cause is condensation and water in petrol. Red-Kote® seals rust under the coating so it cannot flake off to plug fuel-line filters or cause engine damage. Further rusting is reduced also.

Red-Kote® is a safe and sure way to solve your problems. Red-Kote® also offers the advantage of not interfering with the reinstallation of the tank. External coatings, especially fibreglass, are sometimes too thick to allow reinstallation with the original straps and bolts.

Some of the specific advantages of Red-Kote® are as follows:

  1. The coating is very flexible and does not crack as do some of the others. This gives the repair a much longer life. Tanks coated in 1984 are still doing well.
  2. The polymer was specifically chosen because of its tight adhering qualities. In comparison to some other coatings, Red-Kote® does not peel off even when the metal is bent. This protects against loosening of the coating by vibration or denting of the tank.
  3. Red-Kote® is resistant to methanol. In fuels with a high percentage of methanol the coating is bleached, but remains tightly bonded to the metal. Some petrol tank liners are dissolved by methanol into sticky lumps and strings that plug the fuel line. This will not happen with Red-Kote®.
  4. Red-Kote® dries faster than many other sealers saving you time. You can reduce time further by thinning with acetone and using two thin coats instead of one thick coat.
  5. Red-Kote® levels very well. You will not get a wide variation in thickness as with some other coatings.
  6. Red-Kote® is thicker and usually requires only one coat as opposed to two coats for many other coatings. Holes up to 2mm may be coated and sealed safely. Rust is sealed in so that it cannot flake off.
  7. The bright red color is easily visible - you can be sure you didn't miss a spot. Some coatings are almost invisible. The new dye does not leach into gasoline (turning it pink) when the vehicle is not used for long periods of time.

Purchasing Red-Kote® in Australia

Red-Kote® is available in two varieties - liquid, and dry. Both will perform equally. The liquid is a simple one-part solution, but unfortunately in cannot be sent via regular post because it is considered "dangerous goods". If you are unable to pickup Red-Kote from one of our dealers, then you may order Red-Kote® Dry directly from us here.