Empty all fuel from tank.
Remove sender unit, float, feed lines, filters, anything that could be
clogged by the coating.
Remove any loose rust by tapping on the tank with a rubber mallet or by
tumbling with a piece of chain in the tank. Flush out debris.
Clean the tank by steaming for about 15 minutes. Boilout is not
recommended because the high alkalinity removes tin from the terne
plate. A standard water soluble degreasing chemical works well.
Any leaks larger than 2mm should be repaired by soldering or your
Make sure that the tank is completely dry before continuing.
This is very important. Without a blower, drying may take up to
12 hours. The use of a blower to circulate air through the tank will cut
the time to an hour or so. The fastest method is to drain the tank for 5
minutes and then pour 500ml of acetone into the tank, slosh thoroughly
and pour out. DO NOT use a blower after using acetone as an electrical
spark will cause an explosion in the tank.
Cover all open holes in the tank by plugging or covering with tape,
except the one to be used for pouring in the coating.
Pour sufficient Red-Kote® into the tank and cover the last opening.
You can get by with one pack on tanks of about 50 litres or less. We
recommend two doses for larger tanks to make sure you get the coating
to flow behind all the baffles.
Tip the tank onto each side and slosh the coating around to completely
cover the inside. Use a rocking motion rather than shaking. It is
important to do a thorough job or you may miss parts of the tank behind
Drain out the excess coating. The best method is to stand the tank up with a corner drain hole over a can to collect the excess as it drips out. Then seal the can tightly to save for reuse. It is very important that you DO NOT leave puddles of Red-Kote® in the tank.
Open all tank openings to allow the best air flow. Air dry for 8 to 24
hours. When cured there will be almost no solvent smell left in the tank.
If the coating is not completely cured before fuel is added the curing
process will be stopped. DO NOT use open flame or an electric element
for drying or an explosion may result. DO NOT blow air into the tank until
at least 60 minutes of drying time have passed. Using air sooner may
cause bubbles to form in the coating or cause the acetone vapors to
TIPS & HINTS from Damon Industries:
Red-Kote® is for use lining the inside of fuel tanks containing only petrol or diesel fuel.
DO NOT use with bio-diesel fuel. DO NOT use with bio-diesel or racing
fuels unless you have discussed your particular mixture with our chemist.
DO NOT use with potable water.
Red-Kote® cannot be sprayed, even after thinning.
DO NOT use Red-Kote® on fibreglass or any plastic.
If a motorcycle tank has custom artwork DO NOT use Red-Kote® unless
you are willing to risk ruining the art. Even the fumes can cause the paint
to wrinkle or blister.
DO NOT put Red-Kote® or acetone into motorcycle tanks with regular
automotive paint less than 30 days old.
We recommend that you DO NOT use fuel additives containing methanol
(methyl alcohol). Good products contain isopropanol or other solvents.
Most engine warranties are voided by the use of methanol anyway.
Causes eye irritation. May cause skin irritation.
Avoid eye and skin contact. Use safety glasses with side shields and
rubber gloves when handling. May be harmful if inhaled.
Avoid excessive inhalation of vapors. Use only with adequate ventilation.
Harmful if swallowed. Do not take internally.
Keep container tightly closed.
Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with water for at least 15 minutes,
occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids.
Get medical attention immediately.
Skin Contact: Wash the exposed skin with soap and water.
If irritation develops and persists, get medical attention.
Inhalation: Move the affected person to fresh air.
If irritation persists, get medical attention.
Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. If the affected person is conscious,
give a glass of water or milk to drink. Get medical attention.
ANOTHER USEFUL HINT
This applies to:
- RedKote Liquid from the can
- RedKote Dry after it has been mixed with acetone
to convert it to RedKote Liquid
Because RedKote will not stick to plastic, pour it into
a plastic container. An icecream container is ideal, as it
has a lid to store the RedKote between applications.
We know RedKote is better to use when thinner.
Two or three thin coats are easier to apply and handle than one thick coat.
It dries quicker and drains from the tank more easily.
Once you have emptied the RedKote into the container,
add ¾ litre of acetone to the RedKote and mix well.
Apply the first coat, and take note of the consistency
of the thinned RedKote as you do it. It is important to observe this
because the acetone will evaporate, and RedKote will become thicker
with each use.
To keep all coats the same thickness, add Acetone to the icecream container
after each coat, returning the RedKote back to the consistency of the first mix.
Be sure to blow out all vents and threads while the RedKote is still liquid,
to be sure they are clear of RedKote.
As always, use RedKote (and anything containing solvents) in a well ventilated
area AWAY FROM SOURCES OF INIGITION!