Nobody wants water in their fuel. Yet the design of fuel storage tanks (whether static or mobile) means that there is an ever-present risk of naturally occurring water building up, which can eventually give rise to problems if the water gets into the fuel line and inhibits efficient combustion. Condensation of moisture inside a storage tank creates water droplets which fall to the bottom of the tank (owing to their greater density) and can build up over time. Water can also find its way into a tank through poor or missing seals, or simply if caps are left off so rain can get in.
The use of water finding paste means that the amount of water in a storage tank can be monitored, allowing remedial action to be undertaken if necessary.
Paste can be applied to a simple dipstick or weighted cord which is lowered into the tank until it reaches the bottom. It should be allowed to rest there for a few seconds and then be carefully removed again. If water is present, the paste will have changed colour, and the distance up the stick or cord will correspond to the depth of water beneath the fuel in the tank. Should the depth of water be sufficient to allow a fuel and water mix to be entering the fuel line, steps should be taken to remove the water by the safest and most effective means.
NIPS recommend Gasoila Water Finding Paste to detect water in fuel storage tanks. It is highly effective with gasoline, diesel and other hydrocarbon products, as well as sulphuric, nitric and hydrochloric acids, ammonia, soap solutions and other chloride solutions. The water finding paste turns from mustard yellow to red when it comes in contact with water.
Gasoila All-Purpose Water Finding Paste [link to water finding paste page] instantly changes to a yellow-green color when it comes into contact with water in any petroleum application, including ethanol and methanol blends, diesel, kerosene, #2 oil, JP-4, JP-5 and others. Ideal for E10 applications, this paste is an ideal way to detect phase separation in ethanol blends. Each tube is individually packaged with easy-to-read 4-color application instructions that clearly show various paste color changes that occur when the paste comes in contact with water.
Gasoila Water finding paste also has an industrial testing application. A small amount of Water finding paste placed inside a component intended to be watertight will quickly indicate whether the seals are doing their job, or whether water is finding a way in.
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