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I need to paint my fuel oil tank. Fuel oil was recently spilled on the tank so new paint won't stick. How do I clean the oil off of it before I paint it?

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Mary from Washington, MO

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By MDM in WA (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

Here are some options:

use a laquer thinner on a rag and wipe off.

Use a carwash soap or liquid soap with a grease cutter in it.

OR go ahead and paint it with an oil based paint,
this way it will stick and future stains will wipe off.

Good Luck.

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November 24, 20190 found this helpful

Brake cleaner is the only thing Ive found that will clean up fuel oil. Make sure you have good ventilation. Spray brake cleaner on paper towel & wipe.

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Also, Nok-Out is the only product Ive found that removes fuel oil/gasoline smell from skin, clothes, washer/dryer, etc. Can be purchased on-line.

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November 24, 20190 found this helpful

Brake cleaner is the only thing Ive found that will clean up fuel oil. Make sure you have good ventilation. Spray brake cleaner on paper towel & wipe.

Also, Nok-Out is the only product Ive found that removes fuel oil/gasoline smell from skin, clothes, washer/dryer, etc. Can be purchased on-line.

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

how about undiluted dish detergent?

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By Debbi B. (Guest Post)
July 3, 20070 found this helpful

My husband who delivers fuel suggests easy off spray it on and then rinse it off quickly.

good luck

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By Anna from Maine (Guest Post)
July 5, 20070 found this helpful

Dawn dishwashing detergent is used by public works to clean up fuel oil from pavement.

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