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Old 08-11-2007, 12:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Removing The red from dyed fuel

I was messing around the other day with some red diesel and was trying to remove or hide the red. I would much rather remove it so as not to raise questions as to why my fuel is black or something.

But anyways I tried to hide it with 2 stroke oil and I concluded that it would take way too much to do this.

I know that some people use waste oil to hide it and there is no way that I am going to do this because I personally think it's bad.

So I just want to know if anybody has tried or heard of any other ways to remove the red.. and preferably not an expensive way as that will completley defeat the purpose of buying red in the first place.
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This has been discussed before, don't think anyone really came up with anything.
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Anything's posible. It prly cost more to clear it than to just pay the tax.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I 'heard' that leaving it out in the sun (open) will cause the dye to leave.

I have no idea if it is true.

Be careful in the rain.
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Old 08-11-2007, 01:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have no idea how you would go about this? But I heart that as well as being easily identafied by the obvious colour, the DOT's have some kind of binocular device that will identify dyed diesel, by looking through this device @ the exhaust? I have no idea if this is legit, but I was told this by a very knowledgable man. He might have been pulling my chain though?

I work in the oilfield in Canada, and have to deal with the DOT's during rig moves. The guy that told me was telling me as a warning after a rough neck filled the rig with dyed diesel!

Has anyone else ever heard of this before?
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I did hear about that on thedieselstop.

Not sure if was a hoax either........
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Maybe it's like telling kids that the pool has clorein in it that will turn the water red if the pee! My parents used to tell all the kids this that came over to our house to go swimming. (My sister and I knew it was a lie because we tried first time we heard it!) This time all the diesel drivers are the kids? Ya think?

I don't know too many people that have been caught, but I heard it takes a long time to rid the system of the dye!

Probably best to just pay the tax and stick with the clear!
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There is some kind of chemical they apply to the stick that detects the dye in REALLY low concentrations.

Otherwise, if everyone got together, we could piss them off and make a fuel dye you can ADD to your fuel
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I once read in the local paper that a gallon of sulfuric acid would settle the dye out of an entire tanker truck of fuel and that there were wholesalers doing it to make the extra bucks when selling it to retailers. Not sure I would want that acid in my fuel system, but it might be an interesting experiment.
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If you wanna add sulfuric acid (Which we use at work to etch and remove metal) then go ahead, be my guest. It won't get anywhere near MY truck.
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