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Offline hdjax2

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How to get rid of old gas smell
« on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 09:35:40 AM. »
I'm helping the neighbor with an old quad thats been sitting for 8 or 10 years. Going through the whole fuel system. He spilled some of the gas out in his driveway and I can smell it from  3 houses away. I've brought some vintage vehicles back to life and have had to deal with some bad turpentine smelling gas before but this sh!t is absolutely the worst I've ever smelled. I told him to go buy a bunch of baking soda and try to soak up the spills but I'm sure some of you guys who like to restore old vehicles have some suggestions? What say the great minds of HTT?  Thanks, David  :idea:
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 09:41:47 AM. »
Ok, remember you asked...
My wife swears by BLUE liquid dish soap. But, IT HAS TO BE BLUE.
She always keeps some handy to add it in the wash for my clothes.
Must work cause I don't smell anything.
She says the BLUE one is the only one the works.

Try it. Only costs a buck a bottle.
Works for clothes and even on parts  :up:

Keep us updated with your progress. This could be a helper for alot of people.
 
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 09:56:18 AM. »
I've heard Beano works for preventing gas smell, Regis Philbin endorses it on TV............sorry, just couldn't resist.... :teeth:
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 09:59:14 AM. »
BWAAAAAHAAA  A case of Beano it is then :wink:
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 01:14:31 PM. »
Degreaser.

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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 01:44:17 PM. »
A lit match............. I couldn't resist either.
John :teeth:

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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 02:19:41 PM. »
When I re-read the title of my thread I knew I'd opened a can of sh!t,      er     ah ,,worms :embarrassed:
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 04:29:22 PM. »
 :idea        cat litter          :duel:

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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 06:00:04 PM. »
If the gas has since evaporated, and you are just left with the residue in the concrete, I would fire up a propane torch and just burn it off.

Jeff
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 08:47:01 PM. »
I think still on 2 wheels has the right idea.
Try pouring a little gas on the residue and light it.
I think I did that a few years ago and burnt off the smell.
Be real careful if you do..............remember, gas fumes hug the ground and mushroom out.
pour and light it fast.
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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #10 on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008. 11:24:25 PM. »
Just by accident stumbled on something that helped get the smell of gas out of my jeans.  I was washing windows at home with 20% vinegar and 80% water, it's good for that.  Later that day I spilled some gasoline on the jeans.  Stunk to high heaven.  Sprayed some of the vinegar/water solution just to see if it would do anything----it did real well.

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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #11 on: Thursday, November 20, 2008. 06:33:24 AM. »
If the gas has since evaporated, and you are just left with the residue in the concrete, I would fire up a propane torch and just burn it off.

Jeff

Original poster never mentioned if the driveway in question is concrete or not...but it if is : Please be careful. Concrete will "POP" when exposed to heat or flame say from a torch.

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Re: How to get rid of old gas smell
« Reply #12 on: Thursday, November 20, 2008. 07:01:41 AM. »
Camzz, I was thinkin that much heat may cause a problem too. 

Don't think vinegar will mix with gasoline as it's just diluted acetic acid and that won't mix with gasoline either.

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