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Old 10-07-2020, 01:21 PM   #1
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RV Service center said propane tank was rusted on bottom..

I dont know that its a problem.. other than needing paint.. Anyone else ever had to spend time on this?
Im gonna pick it up thurs. I guess the current plan is hit it with a wire brush and paint it.
gonna check with a local propane svs company to see what they might offer
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Check with the propane company, they or someone else should be able to sonic test it. Good luck.
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I dont know that its a problem.. other than needing paint.. Anyone else ever had to spend time on this?
Im gonna pick it up thurs. I guess the current plan is hit it with a wire brush and paint it.
gonna check with a local propane svs company to see what they might offer
Did they refuse to fill it? Or just made the statement?
They will rust, steel.............wire brush/sand and repaint........done.
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do some google searching
I am lead to believe rv propane tanks are almost bullet proof and just require sanding & painting, surface rust is normal
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Wire brush it and paint it with rust killing paint.

Permanently mounted tanks have no expiration or testing requirements. They are built with thicker steel then portable cylinders.Click image for larger version

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Permanently mounted tanks don't need recertification, and are built WAY thicker than you think they are to contain more than double the pressure that the LP can produce. For reference, that max pressure is somewhere around 200 psi if the ambient temperature is at 110 degrees. If you manage to be at Death Valley in August (dear god WHY would you do this?) the LP pressure can get to 260 psi when the temperature hits 130F out.

So the tank will be capable of at least double that for safety - don't go nuts with a grinder, but a fine-grit flap wheel will be perfect to take off the scale, then prime and paint and forget about it. Use a quality enamel paint and give it at least a couple coats, and you are good.

I've never done ANYTHING on the now-21-year-old tank under my older coach. It's just fine hanging there.
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I didnt need it filled yet so no I wasnt there for that. Getting wheel bearings done. Doesnt seem to be much in the area for sonic or X ray testing. The pipeline companies in the area need access to both sides and said it would prob cost more for them to check than it would cost to replace.

thanks for the suggestions.
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I wouldn't grind on it but you could use a orbital sander with 36grit if very scaly . Just scrape and hand sand small spots and progressively finer paper will actually be faster . Then use convertor like Ospho then paint or use convertor paint. Don't goop or up fill in with paint any stamped lettering or cert. #s. Mask or buy new any labels.
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