Oil Tank Liner: Key Tips
Companies can make the most of oil tank liners by selecting the right materials and supporting the investment with consistent inspections and maintenance plans.
Without the right liner, tanks, oil, the environment and lining solutions will be vulnerable. Liners should be durable even in harsh environments, including the impact of intense heat. If the material is too thin, it can start to degrade and lead to costly damage or leaks.
Rubber liners are the best option for oil tanks. Specifically, businesses should consider nitrile linings like EnduraflexTM V627BNI for high temperatures – 302°F (150°C).
It’s essential that rubber liners for oil tanks don’t have defects when they’re applied. That’s why the temperature and humidity must be tracked along with a number of other quality control measures like thickness testing.
Applicator Tips for V627BNI:
- Apply adhesive to the substrate only. Do not apply adhesive to the tie gum.
- The temperature of the substrate must be greater than 60°F (15°C) prior to applying primer and rubber. Temperatures should not exceed 120°F (49°C).
- A heated table that warms rubber to about 120°F (49°C) prior to application is recommended.
- Strict adherence to adhesive specifications is required. Tack time is critical to the success of the bond.
- Lining may shrink 10% lengthwise after unrolling. Preshrink rubber before application.
- The material must not be overly stretched. Stretching the rubber will cause lining and seams to lift during cure.
Enduraflex VE627BNI is the only lining that’s manufactured with HNBR (hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber). It’s very resistant to oil exposure.
Long after it’s been exposed to oil and heat, Enduraflex VE627BNI holds up exceptionally well. It’s durable enough to potentially offer more than 20 years of reliable service.
Cleaning, Inspecting and Maintenance Advice
The good news is that our rubber liners typically don’t need regular maintenance. You should inspect our solutions, but it’s best not to clean the linings too often. It is a balancing act – taking time to clean the liner vs. risking damage from human errors. Workers may drop equipment or puncture a liner with a ladder
Plan on inspecting each oil tank liner every three to five years to detect problems like cracks, blusters or holes before they become issues too big to fix with a simple repair. The tanks must be free of oil before they’re inspected. They also need to be aired out for at least 24 hours and cleaned. Always measure oxygen levels before entering.
Are you looking for the best material for oil tanks? Contact Blair Rubber today about our rubber liners or call 800-321-5583.