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Gas cans to diesel cans

Got 3 new scepter jerry cans that are plastic. They were used for gasoline previously. Is there anything I need to do to clean them out or can you just put diesel in them and go? Not sure if this is the right area to post this. Thanks for any input.


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I would just check to make sure there's no junk in them and there 100% empty.

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They still have a little gas in them, they do need to be cleaned. They have some dirt and grime, these were military use. Not sure How to clean them, can you just use soap and water? Make sure they are really dry before diesel? Or do you need to use something to clean them? I was told acetone or whatever would be to harsh on the plastic.

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I would just check to make sure there's no junk in them and there 100% empty.
^^^^ I needed a can for diesel and the only cans on hand previously were used for gas. Made sure they were empty and never looked back.

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They are empty, they have some residual gas in them. You can also see some dirt in one of the cans, and some black flakes of something in the other two. So I can just make sure they are good and empty and fill them with diesel? I don't need to clean them or put a degreaser in them? Sounds good to me. I guess I can put some diesel in them and try and get that crud out then fill them with fresh diesel.

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That's what I would do. Put a little diesel in them, slush around, dump and fill with new fuel.

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I've used Simple Green to clean out dirty fuel containers before. But if it's a fairly new container that had gas in it, and I need to fill it with diesel... I just fill it with diesel and keep on going

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+1 on Simple Green. Wash it out, rinse well with water and let dry.

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Slosh around the gas, dump it out, fill with diesel. A splash of gas in 5 gal of diesel wouldn't hurt your diesel or truck anyway. That's actually an old school way to prevent diesel gelling.
If they're stuck on grime inside, I may wash them with soap and water and let them dry. Turn upside down for a day and then use them.

You've got fuel filter(s) for particulates on the truck. Ever see construction equipment fueled up on a dusty or muddy job and you wouldn't worry about a little dirt.

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