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Old 07-28-2014, 05:46 PM #1
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Today i was cleaning my gear to get it ready for the weekend when i pulled out my tank and saw the top covered with a white powdery substance. It looks like you can just wipe it off but you almost need a wire brush to get it off. My tank is still holding air but my concern is that it is only on the regulator. I thought that it may be a battery but i cannot find the battery anywhere in my bag. I started to clean it but figured i should post a pic before i cleaned it off.

Also, you can tell in one of the pics it is eating through the metal. I was just curious if this is still safe to use but i need to know ASAP so i can get a new one ordered before the weekend. Thanks!



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Old 07-28-2014, 06:47 PM #2
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Hopefully someone with more expertise can help you out. But personally, if it's etching the metal I wouldn't ever use it again. And I would be afraid what it was doing to the underside of the reg that meets with the threads in the neck.


HPA is the one thing I would rather be paranoid about than risk it. Hell if it was my only tank, and once I bled the air, and removed the reg, and anything looked wrong with the actual bottle, I would go as far as to just rent a tank at my field.

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Old 07-28-2014, 07:01 PM #3
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I was told that it was just mildew. Is that still a problem or good to use?
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:06 PM #4
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If it's mildew you need to really clean your bag out and look at where you are storing your gear.
If it's corrosion then you have another problem on your hands.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:16 PM #5
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I HIGHLY doubt it's mildew. If it's eating the aluminum, then it's probably one of 2 things: 1 - Whatever it got cleaned with with was caustic and is oxidizing the aluminum(it looks like it's worse in a wiping pattern, as though it was wiped on), or 2 - either some chemical or just the aluminum reg against the steel tank is electrolysizing the the reg. Let the air out of the tank, unscrew the reg, and see if the steel is rusting at the point of contact. By the way, if it's electrolysizing or oxidizing, it will be completely safe right up until the reg shoots out like a big bullet. If the threads are being attacked the same as the exterior of the reg, it's a time bomb.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:17 PM #6
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Ok Ill give that a try. Keep the advice coming! Thanks guys!
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Old Yesterday, 12:15 AM #7
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If you have aluminum being eaten away, drain the pressure and get it into a TRAINED service facility or send it back to the manufacturer NOW!
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