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Old 05-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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Jerry Can Cleaning

Anyone ever had to clean rust and other junk from the interior of an old jerry can and have any advice? Doesn't seem to be any gas in it, but I want to make sure it's good and clean before I rely on it.

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Old 05-22-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Pour some diesel in the Jerry Can and leave it out in the sun. Have the lid on it and after a few days the diesel should clean it out.

I have three 1942-44 Jeep US Cans and man can I tell you they where filthy inside.

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How much diesel?
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Old 05-22-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
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How much diesel?
I just put about half a gallon and swash it around, let it set and repeat.

Do not put water or oil/gas in it, it won't clean the rust and grease out properly.
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You are going to laugh but this will work.

Get a moving blanket, some cheap fine gravel(I used fish tank gravel), a roll of quarters and some black tape.

Clean the basic stuff from the inside of the Jerry can.

Fill the Jerry can up to about 20% of its volume with the fine gravel. Wrap the Jerry can in the moving blanket and tape it so it does not come off.

Now take this and place it in the big drier at the laundry mat. Let it tumble for 30 to 60 minutes. If it is noisy add more blankets around it. Dump the gravel out and rinse the dust out.

It will be like new on the inside. I have done this with two Jerry can and a few ATV tanks.
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Not many ppl can do this but if u had a slim turning gear reduction box, u can put sand in the can and hook it to the gear box and turn it slowly for a Few days, and the sand will clean the rust, or try sand blasting, if your setup for that.
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You are going to laugh but this will work.

Get a moving blanket, some cheap fine gravel(I used fish tank gravel), a roll of quarters and some black tape.

Clean the basic stuff from the inside of the Jerry can.

Fill the Jerry can up to about 20% of its volume with the fine gravel. Wrap the Jerry can in the moving blanket and tape it so it does not come off.

Now take this and place it in the big drier at the laundry mat. Let it tumble for 30 to 60 minutes. If it is noisy add more blankets around it. Dump the gravel out and rinse the dust out.

It will be like new on the inside. I have done this with two Jerry can and a few ATV tanks.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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On the ATV tanks they were small enough to fit in my drier. My wife was p%$#d off. Good thing she did not catch me using the oven to cure high temp paint...lol
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Nice !!
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Went with the diesel strategy and threw in some old nuts and ball bearings and a load of bb's, shook the heck out of it, then sanded it down while all the stuff was still in it and gave it a new nice red coat. Will look tomorrow to see how well the inside worked out!
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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Went with the diesel strategy and threw in some old nuts and ball bearings and a load of bb's, shook the heck out of it, then sanded it down while all the stuff was still in it and gave it a new nice red coat. Will look tomorrow to see how well the inside worked out!
It won't look brand new inside but you won't have bits of rust in your gas.
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How did it came out?

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