What is fuel polishing:

Fuel polishing is the technical cleaning process used to remove or filter microbial contamination from oil and hydrocarbon fuel in storageIt involves the removal of water, sediment, and microbial contamination from fuels such as diesel, red diesel, and biodieselThis contamination, also known as ‘fuel bugs’, ‘diesel bugs’, or ‘so-called algae’, can build up over time in stored fuels if they aren’t tested and treated regularly.

Here are the key aspects of fuel polishing:

  1. Contaminants Removed:
    • Water: Whether dissolved, emulsified, or free-flowing, water can significantly impact fuel quality.
    • Microbial Growth (Diesel Bug): This includes bacteria, yeast, mould, and bio-films.
    • Solid Particle Contamination: Rust, dirt, gums, wax, soot, and organic compounds.
    • Any of these contaminants can lead to breakdowns or engine failure.
  1. Importance of Fuel Polishing:
    • Regular fuel analysis before and after polishing ensures targeted solutions for contamination problems.
  1. Symptoms of Diesel Bugs:
    • Blocked Filters
    • Fuel System Failure
    • Worn Fuel Injectors
    • Corroded Tanks
    • Engine Failure


Why get your fuel polished:

Fuel polishing is essential for maintaining the quality and reliability of stored fuel. Here are some compelling reasons to get your fuel polished:

  1. Preventing Engine Damage: Contaminants like water, microbial growth, and solid particles can harm engines. Fuel polishing removes these impurities, ensuring smooth engine operation.
  2. Avoiding Fuel System Failures: Blocked filters, clogged injectors, and corroded tanks can lead to fuel system failures. Regular polishing prevents these issues.
  3. Enhancing Fuel Efficiency: Clean fuel burns more efficiently, improving mileage and reducing emissions.
  4. Long-Term Storage: If you store fuel for extended periods (e.g., backup generators), fuel polishing prevents degradation and ensures reliability when needed.
  5. Cost Savings: Regular fuel polishing reduces maintenance costs by preventing expensive repairs caused by contaminated fuel.