Just thought I’d share my experience with you guys.
+1 on the vinegar method. Have a CB175k5 tank on a CL175 with what looked like only surface rust. I soaked it in white vinegar for 48 hours, rinsed the vinegar through a filter for particulate (there was a lot). I soaked it for another 48 hours and followed up with water/baking soda and then a bottle of “Heet.”
After the Heet I filled it immediately with fresh gas and didn’t notice that there was the smallest pinhole, large enough to make the garage stink of gas when coming back a day later. I’m guessing there was a lot more rust in my tank than I thought and with the vinegar soaking there was just not enough steel left in the tank. I mistakenly tried to use JB Weld on the seam to plug the pinhole but of course that didn’t work.
When it was all said and done I ended up sealing it with Caswell sealer, looks cool IMO. If anyone’s wondering I emailed Caswell and they said those little bubbles were normal? I prepped the tank thoroughly so I’m hoping it holds up over time. Now onto the exterior of the tank, looks like hell but I’m dreading attempting to repaint.