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Old 02-27-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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Propane Tank Rust

So I seem to have more then my share of rust/corrosion forming on my propane tank. What is the industry standard on when there is too much?
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:51 PM   #2
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Pitting of the steel is cause for concern. For an example........pitting the size of grains of salt are likely ok if there are a few. Pits the size of grains of rice could be problematic.

My suggestion is to hand wire brush and hand sand the steel to get all the loose rust off. Then paint with a rust converting primer. Top coat with good enamel like Rustoleum. Apply with a brush not rattle can.
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:40 PM   #3
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Exactly what KIX said.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:29 PM   #4
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KIX is Spot on! Keep a good coat of paint on the tank. It's out in and on the road in the weather and elements that eats the steel. I don't think it's a danger but keep it maintained. Iv'e seen some tanks that are so rusted that I wonder how or who fills them. I would't worry about it but brush and paint like KIX say's.
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:52 PM   #5
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Generally it would have to be extremely rusted to present any kind of real risk. Especially so with an ASME tank. Some of those have been in service for decades with little or no maintenance. Keep it clean for sure but unless there is something extraordinary going on.... After all, there is a reason that they don't require periodic inspection and considering they can survive fires, collisions, roll overs and all manner of crazy impact, it would have to be some incredible amount of corrosion to represent any serious risk.
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Old 02-28-2015, 02:08 PM   #6
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I agree, make sure after you re-paint the cylinder/tank all the numbers are still legible. If the tank has a metal data-plate instead of stamped into the steel, do not paint the data-plate.
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:07 AM   #7
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Yeah, rusting tanks is a good reason to opt for 20lbs tanks and just swap them at any station when empty. Once they go bad, the gas company should take them out of circulation.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:10 PM   #8
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If you are worried,, Find a propane WHOLESALER, the kind of place that has big and I mean BIG tanks and trucks that deliver to the smaller "Gas Station" type dealers.

Ask them to look at it.
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:17 PM   #9
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TDI-Minnie,

Are you saying, rip out the chassis mounted tank.
Good chance the 20 lb ones might drag on the road, hanging under there.

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Old 03-01-2015, 10:23 PM   #10
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No, don't remove your ASME certified tank. Just scrape away rust and loose paint, sand smooth, prep for repainting with something like POR-15.
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I agree with this. Just wire brush or sand off the rusty bits. Wipe it clean with a good solvent and coat with a good quality rust paint. The convention is white or silver but for a tank that isn't exposed to direct light, it really doesn't matter. As others have mentioned, make sure you keep numbers and labels legible.
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Even if you don't do anything to the tank. It will probably outlive you and the MH before it will rust through to make a leak.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:58 AM   #13
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I decided to wire brush mine & paint with Rustoleum rusty red primer then I used the Rustoleum "hammered" finish in silver. Here's the before, after primer & finished.
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Nice!, I'm inspired to do mine.
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