Posted by Eric Poulas on December 28, 2000 at 17:02:10:
In Reply to: Any "trick" to putting a boot on a tank Help???? posted by Bill on December 27, 2000 at 18:49:21:
Leave the boots off. They just invite corrosion and trap other debris. If you have steel tanks only then should you consider using a boot. That is the only way a rounded bottom tank can standup by itself. Aluminum tanks have a flat bottom that allow then to stand up by themselves.
I have had many aluminum tanks over the decades and believe myself to be meticulous in maintaining them. If you let the tanks air dry without removing the boots the first thing you will begin to see is the bubbling of the paint if painted. After that the place on the tank where the boot had it's tighest fit will show roughness where the outter metal has begun to fatigue to the corrosion. Unless you can remove you boots and allow the tank to dry inbetween uses, they are not worth it. I stopped putting boots on my tanks in the early 1980 years and have never had any corrosion problems since.
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